Bourbon Elderflower Cocktails

by | Nov 15, 2018 | All, Elderflower Liqueur, Whiskey/Bourbon

No need to fear the chilly weather when you can whip up a batch of these tasty Bourbon Elderflower Cocktails!

Bourbon Elderflower Cocktails in a lowball glass with ice and garnished with a lemon peel. It must be the nesting instinct in us, but we crave heartier cocktails when the temperatures start to drop.

Enter the Perfect Manhattan Cocktail and these Ginger Whiskey Cocktails as our beverages of choice during happy hour. But these delicious Bourbon Elderflower Cocktails might be giving our old favorites a serious run for their money.  

Need an easy fall bourbon cocktail recipe for your fall or holiday party? Look no further than these 4-ingredient Bourbon Elderflower Cocktails.

What do I need to make these Bourbon Elderflower Cocktails?

The ingredient list is short for these sippers: bourbon, elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup.

Never made simple syrup? It’s easy to do and will keep for weeks in your fridge. Heat equal parts sugar and water together in a saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator.

4 lowball glasses filled with ice and Bourbon Elderflower Cocktails. Garnished with lemon peels on a black backdrop. What does elderflower liqueur taste like?

We get that question a lot since we have so many cocktails with elderflower liqueur in them. Check out our guide to Elderflower Liqueur to learn more about it as well as some of our favorite elderflower liqueur cocktails. 

Do bourbon and elderflower liqueur actually taste good together?

I know; I was a skeptic, too, before I actually tinkered with this recipe. The robust flavor of the bourbon and the delicate, floral flavor of the elderflower liqueur seem like an unlikely couple.

What’s the old saying, “opposites attract”? That’s the case here. I’m telling you; you’ll be a believer after one sip!

These two spirits blend together beautifully, and the tart lemon juice and simple syrup keep these Bourbon Elderflower Cocktails from being overly boozy drinks. Great for holiday cocktail parties and cozy nights at home.

3 low ball glasses filled with Bourbon Elderflower Cocktails on a dark slate board. Garnished with lemon peels. I don’t want to be playing bartender all night. Will these Bourbon Elderflower Cocktails work as a batch cocktail?

Absolutely! This cocktail recipe makes a fantastic signature cocktail for your party. 

Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of drinks you think you’ll need, combine in a large pitcher and store in the fridge until ready to serve. A quick stir is all that’s needed before pouring over ice-filled low ball glasses.

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Bourbon Elderflower cocktail in a low ball glass filled with ice, garnished with a lemon peel and on a black slate tray.

Yield: 1 cocktail

Bourbon Elderflower Cocktails

Bourbon Elderflower Cocktails in a lowball glass with ice and garnished with a lemon peel.

These easy, 4-ingredient Bourbon Elderflower Cocktails make a tasty signature cocktail for your next party. Perfect for the holidays!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • lemon peels, optional garnish


  1. Place bourbon, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice and simple syrup in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake to combine.
  2. Pour cocktail into a low ball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon peel, if desired.


You can easily make this recipe as a batch cocktail. Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you need, combine in a pitcher and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 0g

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What is the best elderflower liqueur?

There are tasty elderflower liqueur options available at a variety of price points from $10-$35. Our favorite brands are Drillaud and St.-Germain. 

How to make an Elderflower Martini?

Mix elderflower liqueur with vodka, gin and homemade sweet & sour.

What cocktails can you make with Elderflower Liqueur?

Elderflower Sangria, Elderflower Gin and Tonic, Elderflower French 75, Elderflower Margaritas, Elderflower Mojitos 

What spirits mix well with Elderflower Liqueur?

Bourbon, vodka, gin, sparkling wine, tequila

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    This drink is fantastic! First time trying elderflower. It was amazing- gave the drink a tart and citrusy feel. This will be added to my menu of personal favorites.

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      So glad you enjoyed it, Lynne! It’s definitely one of my go-to cold weather cocktails.

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    And don’t forget the simple syrup! Otherwise it’ll give you pucker face 😉

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      I tried it with honey simple syrup instead of sugar simple syrup. YUM.

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        Fun twist, Erich. Love it!


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