Elderflower Smash

You’ll love this Elderflower Smash, a St-Germain and gin herbal smash cocktail. Mint is muddled with elderflower liqueur, gin, fresh lemon juice, and bitters for your new favorite fresh and crisp happy hour favorite!

Elderflower smash cocktail with slices lemons in the background

Are you an elderflower fanatic? Join the club! I can’t get enough of fresh elderflower flavor, and my favorite way to enjoy it is in a cocktail.

This Elderflower Smash cocktail marries all of my favorite flavors – the sweet and floral notes of elderflower liqueur, the crisp herbal bite of gin, a bit of smashed mint, and the zing of fresh lemon juice. Simply shake it up and you have my new favorite happy hour libation.

Ready to learn how to make this gin and St-Germain smash cocktail? Cheers!

ingredients for elderflower smash cocktail

Ingredients for Elderflower Smash //

  • St-Germain liqueur: St-Germain is a liqueur made from elderflowers, with a fruity and herbal flavor that pairs perfectly with gin and vodka in cocktails.
  • Gin: Gin gives this cocktail a boozy bite! My favorite gins are Hendricks and Bombay Sapphire, but any standard gin will work well in this cocktail.
  • Mint leaves: Mint leaves are muddled (that’s why it’s called a smash!) for a fresh herbal flavor.
  • Lemon juice: You can use either fresh squeezed or bottled lemon juice for this recipe, both will add an acidic taste that pairs well with the smooth gin and St-Germain.
  • Bitters: Bitters is a high alcohol proof liqueur that is mixed with herbs, barks, roots, or other plant part botanicals and is added in small squirts to cocktails and drinks for a fresh herbal flavor. I like Angostura Bitters in this gin smash.

How to Make // The Steps

elderflower smash cocktail with St-Germain liqueur, gin, lemon and mint leaves in the background
  1. Muddle the mint: Add mint leaves to a cocktail shaker and muddle, or smash the leaves, to release their aromatic oil.
  2. Add the ingredients: Pour 2 ounces of gin, 1-½ ounces of St-Germain, the juice from one half a lemon (about 1-2 tablespoons), and 3 dashes of bitters to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake and serve: Add ½ cup of ice, cover the cocktail shaker, and shake well. Pour the entire contents of the shaker into a cocktail glass (don’t strain!) and garnish with a few sprigs of fresh mint and a slice of lemon.
elderflower smash in glasses with mint and lemon

Tips & Tricks //

  • Don’t have a cocktail shaker or muddler? No problem! Simply build this drink in a large glass and use a wooden spoon or another blunt-ended tool to smash the mint.
  • Make this one drink at a time. While I love to make a big batch or pitcher of most cocktails, smashes are best when muddled and shaken individually.
  • Best cocktail glasses for a smash. The best glass for a smash cocktail is a rocks glass (sometimes called an old-fashioned glass) or a Delmonico glass. Or, if you want to be fancy, you can pour this smash into a snifter.
elderflower smash in glass with ingredients in the background

Why is Elderflower Smash So Good?

  • Elderflower liqueur is floral and sweet and reminds me of our time living in Germany. Elderflower syrup is in everything.
  • Mint. I love anything with mint. It adds freshness and brightness to this drink.
  • Lemon. I’m a sucker for any and all lemon drinks. Give me all the citrus, especially when it warms up outside.
elderflower smash in glasses

Variations //

The smash cocktail variations are truly endless! Below are a few fresh flavor ideas to keep your glasses clinking.

  • Go for a flavored gin: Flavored gins are having a moment, and a fresh and fruity gin like ginger or rhubarb would pair perfectly with St-Germain.
  • Switch up the herbs: Step outside the herb box and try fresh basil or sage in your next smash.
  • Make it with vodka: Smash cocktails aren’t only for gin, in fact vodka smashes are just as delicious (and there are so many flavored options to choose from!).
  • Add fun garnishes: While mint and lemon are great garnishes, take your toppings up a notch by adding edible flowers, sliced cucumber, charred or dehydrated lemons, or even a salted sugar rim.
elderflower smash in glasses with ice on the table and lemon and mint in the background

How to Store //

Because this cocktail is best when made individually, I don’t recommend preparing and storing before serving. All drink ingredients are fine held at room temperature until you’re ready to mix, though make sure to keep the fresh mint leaves refrigerated until using so they don’t wilt or brown.

FAQ

Is St-Germain the same as elderflower?

St-Germain is an elderflower liqueur that is 40 proof, or 20% alcohol by volume. It is made from hand-picked elderflowers, where the aromatic oils are extracted and made into a liqueur that has a light, fresh, and crisp flavor.

Can elderflower liqueur spoil?

Elderflower liqueurs are shelf stable and can be stored at room temperature for months – or even years – after opening, making them a great addition to your home bar. However, your elderflower liqueur may have spoiled if the color of the turns darker or has an off smell.

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Elderflower smash cocktail with slices lemons in the background

Elderflower Smash

Yield: makes 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Elderflower Smash - A St-Germain and mint gin cocktail. Floral and refreshing on a warm day.

Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 1/2 ounces St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 3 dashes of bitters

Instructions

  1. Put all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Notes

Because this cocktail is best when made individually, I don’t recommend preparing and storing before serving. All drink ingredients are fine held at room temperature until you’re ready to mix, though make sure to keep the fresh mint leaves refrigerated until using so they don’t wilt or brown.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 5gSugar: 36gProtein: 4g

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Samuel

    What kind of bitters are you using? Angostura?

    1. bakedbree

      Yes, nothing fancy.

      1. GP

        I think the Peychaud’s bitters, as you pictured, would highlight the floral aspects of the St. Germain better, rather than the heavier, darker Angostura bitters. But worth trying both ways!

  2. Linda Crocker

    So here is my comment….where are yours?? I read your blog. I get it, you got a free advance copy of the book, great for you! You published their recipe. I read past ALL of your ads….looked twice for your comments on the drink……and still, nothing. No comments on whether or not you tried, liked it, disliked it, nothing. Did I miss something? I promise I won’t miss it again, because….wait for it, I won’t look at your blog again. It’s not worth it if a reader can’t find it!

    1. Lexi

      You cray!

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