Elderflower Martini

by | Nov 19, 2019 | All, Elderflower Liqueur, Gin, Vodka

This light and bright Elderflower Martini needs to go to the top of your must-make list. One sip of this delicious drink and you will understand why it’s one of our most popular cocktail recipes! 

Straight on shot of Elderflower Martini being poured from a shaker into a tall coupe glass with fresh lemon and limes on side.

You know we love our cocktails, right?

And we have some hugely popular cocktails on Garnish with Lemon, like this Gin, Elderflower and Prosecco Cocktail and the Elderflower Margarita, but this Elderflower Martini recipe is one of our all-time favorite cocktails.

One sip of this mouthwatering cocktail and you will be on Team Elderflower, too. 

Elderflower martini recipe in tall coupe glass on a dark background with half of a lemon and lime on plate and lime twist for garnish.

What is Elderflower Liqueur?

Elderflower liqueur is made from the small, white flowers of the elderflower bush. These blossoms are often handpicked and the liqueur is made with no preservatives or stabilizers (which means it really should be used in about 6 months for best flavor).

It adds such a great flavor to so many different drinks and has become one of our favorites so finishing a bottle never seems to be a problem for us.

What other some other St. Germain Cocktails?

Elderflower is one of our favorite cordials and there isn’t a liquor that we haven’t added it to. We have something for everyone!

If you need more recipes to finish your bottle check out all of our elderflower cocktails!

You want me to use how many kinds of alcohol in this cocktail?

Now don’t get freaked out by the fact that this cocktail has vodka and gin in the ingredients. Odd combination, I know, but it totally works.

I love to make mine with Tanqueray Gin and Tito’s Vodka, but feel free to use your favorite.

Every time I have one, I am reminded of just how much I love this drink. It’s not too sweet, not too tart, just a perfect balance of flavors.

Elderflower martini in short martini glass with an empty martini glass behind it on a black background with crushed ice and a gold jigger.

What makes this elderflower liqueur cocktail so good?

The key to this Elderflower Martini is the homemade sweet and sour, and it is totally worth the extra work. Trust me on this one. You may never go back to the bottled mix again.

I use this juicer to make quick work of making the homemade sweet and sour mix. But don’t get me wrong, I have made it plenty of times using a reamer too.

Don’t let the fact you don’t own a juicer stop you from making this martini!

In fact, once you taste it in this drink, you’ll enjoy juicing those lemons and limes so much you will probably keep a batch on hand. Happy hour anyone?

2 elderflower martinis in tall coupe glasses with lime twists for garnish on a dark background.

How to make homemade sweet and sour

Sometimes the color of my sweet and sour mix varies, don’t stress, it just has to do with the variety of your lemon or limes. But whatever you do…please don’t sub in bottled juice.

If you are lucky, your grocery store carries fresh-squeezed juice in their produce section. Ours does and it is amazing! Such a time saver.

But if I don’t want to splurge on the short cut, I always squeeze my own juice for this recipe.

I use this juicer to make quick work of making the homemade sweet and sour mix. But don’t get me wrong, I have made it plenty of times using a reamer too.

Don’t let the fact you don’t own a juicer stop you from making this martini!

Because this sweet and sour mix needs the fresh stuff. Promise. 

Once you make homemade sweet and sour, you will never, ever buy the bottled mix again.

What equipment do I need to make a martini?

Every good home bar has a well-stocked bar with the following items in it

  • Martini shaker and strainer
  • Jiggers
  • Bar spoon
  • Muddler
  • Variety of cocktail glasses.

Looking for more suggestions? Check out our  5 part series of How to Stock your Home bar. It answers all of your questions.

Elderflower Martinis being poured into short martini glasses from silver shaker.

When do I shake or stir a martini?

Here’s a quick cheat sheet: Shake Citrus, Stir Alcohol.

Drinks that have citrus juice in them need to be shaken, not stirred. Shaking a cocktail with citrus breaks down the citrus juice and makes the cocktail light and refreshing instead of acrid and acidic.

Citrus juice and alcohol have different densities and won’t mix easily unless they are shaken together.

However, if a drink is all liquor, like an old fashioned, manhattan or negroni, stirring is the way to go.

Can I make this St. Germain Cocktail as a batch recipe for a party?

That’s another great thing about this martini? It’s easy to make a batch cocktail.

So if you are hosting a gathering for any occasion, hanging out with friends, or just because it’s the weekend,  it always fits right in.

This Elderflower Martini just might become your new go-to batch or anytime cocktail.

I’ll drink to that.


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Elderflower Martini in short martini glass with crushed ice on a dark background.

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Elderflower Martini

Elderflower martini recipe in tall coupe glass on a dark background with half of a lemon and lime on plate and lime twist for garnish.

The homemade sweet and sour is the game-changer in this Elderflower Martini recipe.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix:

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 3/4 cup simple syrup


  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 ounces homemade sweet and sour
  • Lime wedges


To make the sweet and sour:

Combine sweet and sour mix ingredients in a mason jar and shake to combine. Keep chilled until ready to use.

To make the martini:

Pour gin, vodka, St. Germain and sweet and sour into a martini shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously to combine. Squeeze a wedge of lime into a martini glass and strain the contents of the shaker into the glass.

Serve immediately.


The sweet and sour mix will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

5 ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 0g

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      Great minds think alike, Paula!

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    This cocktail is addictive. Love it!

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    This drink is so delicious and addictive! It has become a family favorite.

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      Thanks, Sandy!

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    I have never been tempted to try a martini before – but now you have me dreaming of enjoying a few around the fire tonight – they sound perfect

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      These have quickly become one of our go-to drinks. Sipping on one by the fire sounds like a perfect evening!

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    My recipe if you don’t like the flavor of gin is:
    1 1/2 ounce of vodka, 1 1/2 ounce St. Germain, 1/2 ounce triple sec, 1/2 ounce sour. Shake with ice strain into a martini glass and garnish with lemon zest

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    Loved your concept but we found it much too sweet. I reduced the sweet and sour to just under a cup of simple syrup to one cup each fresh lemon and lime. I also used only one ounce of the sweet and sour in the drink. Liked this much better and was definitely a hit at our cocktail party last night!

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      I love that tweet of the recipe, I found it too sweet for my taste as well. Will try yours next time around.

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    What style of gin is being used in this cocktail?

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      I used Tanqueray, but feel free to use your favorite!

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    I make Elderflower syrup every year. I’m thinking about substituting the Elderflower syrup instead of the simple syrup in the sweet and sour mix for an authentic, European Elderflower flavor.

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    This looks so good! What else can I use the elderflower with or for?

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      Hi Suzanne, If you go to our Sip page we have a whole category of Elderflower cocktails! It’s one of our favorites. Enjoy!

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    Thanks for sharing! What a great way to share a new flavor with friends!

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    So So So yummy. Sipping it waiting for Easter turkey to be done. Thanks.


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