The Elderflower Martini, a simple concoction of vodka, St Germain and Luxardo Liqueurs makes for one incredible Martini. This drink came about because I love the bottle that St. Germain liqueur comes in. It’s gorgeous and I wanted to make something special with it, as it were, I was tasting the individual ingredients, St Germain, Luxardo, amongst others. And I decided that these would make a wonderfully fragrant and drinkable Martini. I personally prefer to drink a dry gin Martini on the rocks, so I went ahead and served my Elderflower Martini on the rocks, in a tumbler, with a simple lemon garnish, haha, well maybe not that simple of a garnish, but you get the drift.
I’m not particularly a fan of the cone-shaped Martini glass. I tend to spill most of my drink before I’ve had my first sip and personally, I prefer my Martini to be in either a coupe, a 1930’s ‘Nick and Nora’ style glass or on the rocks in a tumbler. This Elderflower Martini is actually perfect in a tumbler on the rocks. I was surprised to learn to cone-shaped glass originated in the 1920s during prohibition. The wide brim, easy to spill glass, rumored to be designed for speakeasies. When the cops busted into the joint, it was easy to spill and get rid of the evidence. Well, it’s certainly easy to spill.
Personally, I feel the unwieldy, clumsy conical shaped Martini glass needs to go away. This glass always reminded me of the 1980s, like I should be wearing parachute pants and have an unnatural ‘Flock of Seagulls’ haircut in order to make my drink order actually work. Actually, I love the Flock of Seagulls, but the glass, no. It’s time for a change. Dammit, I hate that conical shaped glass or is that the Elderflower Martini kicking in.
So, anyway, sorry for the rant…
Here’s my Elderflower Martini recipe:
- 2 Ounces Vodka (I like Tito’s, we met him once, so I’m a diehard fan)
- 1 Ounce St Germain Liqueur
- 1 Ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
- Lemon peel for garnish
-Combine all ingredients in a shaker
-Don’t shake or stir, just pour over ice. One large cube is preferred
-When you don’t shake, or stir, you can see the unmixed alcohol swirl and intermingle with the slowly melting ice cube. The effect is pretty cool.
Ps. Don’t be afraid to ask for your Martini to be served in a coupe or on the rocks. Your bartender will thank you.