This tantalizing floral-infused peachy cocktail is made with sweet elderflower liqueur, fresh peaches and blackberries, cool mint, and a touch of Sprite for effervescence! Grab your glass and get ready to sip on this stunning elderflower cocktail within 5 minutes!
Featured comment: Elderflower Liqueur is my favorite thing- St. Germain to be specific! This cocktail is so refreshing and just delicious.” – Cara
Update: This recipe was originally published in August 2017. I made updates to the article below to include more information about making the best summer peach cocktail at home. Plus, there’s now a recipe video showing you *just* how easy these elderflower drinks are to make!
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About these peach cocktails with elderflower
Peach cocktails with elderflower is an eye-catching boozy delight made of plain vodka, elder liqueur, sweet peaches, tart blackberries, refreshing mint, citrusy lemon juice, a touch of agave nectar for optional sweetness and a shot of Sprite for fizz! The floral and slightly sweet notes of this cocktail will have you hooked on your first sip!
If you’re looking for a perfect summer boozy indulgence, this peachy cocktail with elderflower is the way to go! It’s easy on the eyes, quick and easy to make, and perfect for all those outdoor social gatherings.
Made with just eight simple ingredients, you can create an impressive elderflower liqueur drink that’ll have your guests begging for this recipe!
Why this cocktail recipe works
These elderflower cocktails are at the top of my list! Here are just a few reasons why:
- A delicious libation! This boozy libation is refreshing and citrusy with delicate floral notes, tart berries, sweet peaches, and cool mint!
- Eye-catching! This elderflower drink is seriously good-looking – the perfect drink to sip for a special occasion or to end a long day.
- Quick and Easy! You can make a thirst-quenching cocktail with elderflower
- with simple ingredients in just five minutes!
- Sophisticated. Adding elderflower liqueur takes this peachy cocktail to the next level, while the fresh garnish adds the finishing touches.
What is elderflower?
Elderflowers refer to the petite white flowers of the elder tree. These edible flowers have delicate floral notes and a slightly sweet flavor – ideal for making syrups, liqueurs, and cordials.
The elder tree is widespread across the United Kingdom. The popular St Germain elderflower liqueur is made from elderflowers harvested from the French Alps!
Ingredients for elderflower cocktails
You only need eight ingredients to make this mouth-watering elderflower drink. Here’s everything you’ll need to get started:
- Peach slices – Sliced thinly and extra set aside for garnish. You can peel peaches and remove the skin if you prefer.
- Blackberries – Reserve extra for garnish.
- Substitution: Blueberries could be used.
- Mint leaves – Fresh mint is crucial for these alcoholic peach drinks for the best flavor.
- Substitution: Shake things up by using basil, lemon verbena, thyme, or rosemary.
- Vodka – Plain vodka is commonly used for this peach alcoholic drink.
- Substitution: If you have it, I strongly recommend using peach-flavored vodka – so good! However, you can also swap in your favorite brand of Gin for an elderflower gin cocktail.
- Elderflower liqueur
- Substitution: Rose liqueur or orange blossom liqueur. Elderflower syrup or cordial are good non-alcoholic alternatives.
- Lemon juice – Always use freshly squeezed lemon juice. While bottled lemon juice is convenient, it’s never quite as bright and flavorful as freshly squeezed lemon! Or, a blend of fresh lemon and lime juice is also an option.
- Substitution: If you use bottled lemon juice, I strongly recommend Nellie’s Famous Key Lime Juice. This brand tastes super close to the real deal.
- Agave nectar – To taste. This is optional for added sweetness.
- Sprite– To taste. This is great for a bit of fizz!
- Substitution: You can use sparkling mineral water, such as Topo Chico, club soda, or your favorite seltzer brand instead.
Variations of peach cocktails
This elderflower liqueur drink is flexible, allowing simple ingredient swaps or add-ins. Here are some ideas to get those creative juices flowing:
- Make a mocktail. Turn your boozy muddled peach cocktail into alcohol-free drinks by leaving out the vodka and elderflower liqueur. And instead, adding elderflower syrup or cordial with additional Sprite.
- Make a different floral mixed drink. If you don’t enjoy elderflower, consider making this drink with rose liqueur, lavender liqueur, or hibiscus liqueur.
- Serving style. I’ve served these elderflower drinks in single glasses, but you could make a larger quantity and serve it in a pitcher for your guests to help themselves.
- Alcohol level. For a stronger vodka and elderflower peachy cocktail, increase the vodka and elderflower liqueur!
- Different Spirits. Vodka isn’t your only choice! Tequila blanco, white rum, or botanical gin would also be lovely.
How to make cocktails with elderflower
These peach elderflower cocktails are a breeze to make. Here’s how it’s done:
- Muddle: To a cocktail shaker, add the peaches, berries, and mint leaves. Grab your muddler and muddle the ingredients until the fruit releases it’s juice.
- Add the good stuff: To the cocktail shaker with the fruit, add in the vodka, elderberry liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and agave if using. Fill the shaker 3/4 of the way full with ice and then put the cap on the shaker. Using both hands to hold the shaker closed, shake vigorously until the cocktail shaker is very cold to the touch, about 45 seconds.
- Pour peachy cocktail: Fill two cocktail glasses with ice and pour the elderflower peach cocktail over ice. Top with sprite or club soda, if using, and garnish with fresh slices of peach and a few berries. Enjoy immediately.
Tips for making the best elderflower cocktail
- Double. Easily double or triple this recipe when serving a crowd. Heck, you could even multiply it by four!
- Sweetness. If you enjoy sweeter cocktails, a splash or two of agave nectar is perfect in this recipe! Always taste to test the level of sweetness!
- Fizz. The Sprite is optional, but does add a lovely little fizz to this peach summer drink. However, make sure you only use it to top your drinks. And, don’t add it to the shaker!
- Drink to taste. Always drink to taste when making fruity drinks with vodka. View this recipe as a mere template and increase or decrease the amount of vodka and liqueur as you desire.
- Order is important. Add the elderberry vodka cocktail ingredients first into the shaker, followed by the ice. This ensures better mixing.
- Large ice. I prefer large ice when making cocktails and smaller ice (crushed or chipped) will melt faster, diluting the cocktail flavor.
- Straining if you like. While not necessary, if you want to be fancy or ensure that nothing unwanted ends up in your assembled St Germain drink, strain the shaken mixture into the serving glasses.
- Fresh ingredients. Always use the freshest fruit when making simple drinks like this elder drink recipe.
FAQs: cocktail with elderflower
Is elderflower liqueur the same as St Germain?
St Germain is a popular brand of elderflower liqueur. The St Germain brand has a delicate and distinct flavor, made from elderflower blossoms that are picked in the French Alps.
What pairs well with elderflowers?
Citrus fruits, tart berries, stone fruits (such as peaches), fresh herbs (such as mint and basil), and vanilla all pair great with elderflower in terms of flavor.
And from an alcohol perspective, elderflower pairs well with champagne or sparkling wine, Prosecco or dry white wine, vodka, gin, or white rum.
Elderflower vs elderberry?
Elderflower and berries come from the elder tree, but refer to different parts of the tree.
Elderflowers are the flowers of the elder tree, which have a delicate and fragrant profile and a floral and sweet honey flavor – perfect for making syrups, liqueurs, and cordials.
Elderberries are the dark berries on the elder tree. They are tart in flavor and great for making jams, jellies, syrups, and wine!
Serving this peachy cocktail
Garnish your elderflower cocktails with thin slices of peach, fresh mint leaves, a spring of mint, fresh whole berries, and lemon wedges.
Top up each glass with a shot or two of Sprite just before serving for some fizz!
How to serve elderberry drinks?
Serving these elderflower beverages in single glasses is great when enjoying at home. However, if you are serving these at a party, you will want to consider increasing the amount of ingredients and serving this delicious boozy beverage in a large pitcher instead. Just don’t forget the fresh fruity garnish.
Adding a separate bowl of fresh garnish (peach slices and blackberries) is also a great idea and allows your guests to tailor their drinks.
For single serving glasses, consider garnishing with fresh mint and rimming your glasses with lemon wedges and sugar. But make sure you allow the rims time to dry before serving the cocktails.
What to serve this elderberry alcoholic drink?
Enjoy your peach cocktails with a variety of foods and treats! Here are my favorite dishes to inspire you!
- Cheese and fruit platter or charcuterie board with brie, camembert, cheddar, and baked goat cheese dip. Surround the cheeses with your favorite crackers, fresh berries, and grapes.
- Food on a stick is always a great complement to cocktails: Shrimp skewers, mini Caprese skewers, chicken skewers, or fruit skewers.
- Bruschetta – Traditional or bruschetta-inspired flatbread pizza!
- Miniature desserts like these cake bites, mini apple pie bites, blood orange bars, or confetti cookies.
- Make it a peach party and celebrate fresh stone fruit by pairing your peachy drink with peach and burrata salad, grilled chicken with peach bbq sauce, and peach pudding with chia seeds for dessert.
Storing alcoholic peach drinks
How to store and how long does it keep?
- Make these peach cocktails with elderflower ahead of time by mixing all ingredients, except the Sprite and fresh garnish, and storing the mixture in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for 3-4 days. However, make sure you wait to add the Sprite and fresh garnishes to the glasses until just before serving.
- Leftover elderflower drink mixture can be frozen in popsicle molds or ice cube trays for future adult treats!
Can you freeze it?
Yes! I recommend storing any leftover elderberry cocktail in ice pop molds or ice cube trays. This way, you can enjoy the drink later as a boozy cold treat for summer.
This peachy vodka cocktail with berries and elder deserves a raised glass in my books! It’s the perfect drink to toast the end of summer with style and flavor!
More fruity drink recipes!
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- Champagne Mimosa
- Boozy Sorbet Strawberry Float
- Pink Vodka Cocktail
- Fruity Drinks with Tequila
How to make Elderflower Cocktails with Peaches at home👇
Peach Cocktail with Elderflower
- 1 Cocktail Shaker (or tall glass)
- 8 Thin Slices Peach plus more for garnish (about 1/3 of a peach)
- 8 whole Blackberries plus more for garnish
- 8 whole Mint Leaves plus more for garnish
- 4 ounces Vodka (SEE NOTES)
- 2 ounces Elderflower Liqueur
- ½ whole Lemon – juiced
- To taste Agave Nectar - optional
- To taste Sprite or Club Soda - optional
- Muddle: In a cocktail shaker (or glass), muddle the peach slices with the whole blackberries until the fruits release their juice. Then add the mint and muddle until the mint is bruised - do not muddle the mint into oblivion.
- Add Liquids: Add in the vodka, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, agave (if using) and ice. Stir until the ingredients are combined.
- Pour Cocktails: Fill two glass with ice and strain the cocktail into the glasses. Top with sprite or club soda, if using.
- Garnish and Serve: Garnish the cocktail glasses with fresh peach slices, a few berries, and a sprig of mint. Enjoy immediately.
- While the recipe is written for 2 cocktails, it is very easy to double, triple, or even quadruple the recipe. Simply hover your mouse over the servings to adjust the recipe.
- Vodka: The recipe indicates plain vodka, but if you have access to peach flavored vodka, I urge you to use that instead!
- The agave nectar in the recipe is optional. However, if you like your cocktail on the sweet side you might want to add a splash or two of agave to the cocktail. I added 1 teaspoons of agave to the cocktail shaker when making mine, but you should always make cocktails to YOUR taste!
- Topping the cocktail off with sprite is optional as well. If you like a stiff drink, I would nix the sprite. However if you are looking for more of a spritzer style drink, try adding a splash or two of sprite or club soda to the cocktail. Just make sure you are adding the soda to the cocktail and NOT to the shaker. Do NOT try to shake the soda!! It will end up fizzing and exploding, which is never good.
- Please remember you should always make your cocktails to taste!! The measurements in the recipe are mere suggestions; you should use the recipe as a guide and not a rule book. If you like a stiffer drink, add more vodka. If you really love fresh fruit, add more blackberries and peaches. Just do you!
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