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Elderflower White Cosmopolitan

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 1

The cosmo is an embellished descendant of the classic gimlet, made with lime juice and gin. It’s also a kissing cousin of the vodka-based kamikaze and of another cranberry cooler, the Cape Codder. Here, elderflower lends a wonderful aroma to this riff on a perennial cocktail. If you’re looking for other uses for elderflower liqueur, try adding a splash to Prosecco or use it to flavor panna cotta.


  • Ice as needed
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 2 Tbs. St-Germain elderflower liqueur 
  • 2 Tbs. white cranberry juice
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Edible flowers for garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, elderflower liqueur, white cranberry juice and lemon juice. Cover, shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Float a flower on top and serve immediately. Serves 1.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends, by Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm (Oxmoor House, 2008).