How do you feel about elderflower? Normally, I'm not a fan of floral flavours, but whenever elderflower is available, I'll have one - whatever it is! The flavour is quite strong, so it's not for everyone, but when it's combined with a bottle of sparkling Spanish cava and a generous glug of vodka, the result is truly divine - so much so that it has become one of my ultimate favourite cocktail recipes!
For this Christmas cocktail recipe I use Monin elderflower syrup and stand by it 100%. You don't need much to get the desired flavour and the stuff lasts forever. It's also the same brand used by Costa and Starbucks - so you know it's good!
When I was developing Christmas cocktail recipes, I knew I wanted to do something with cava and elderflower, but I didn't know what else to add to it. The Spanish cava I use is wonderfully sweet and has just the right amount of bubbles, making it the ideal base for a cocktail. You can also use sparkling white wine, prosecco or, if you're really flash, champagne in this recipe - I just use cava because I like it best, so feel free to use what you like best, too.
Back to the story. So I had cava for my base and elderflower for the main flavour...and I couldn't think what else to add. I thought about just leaving it at that, but thought you guys might feel just a tiny bit cheated with a two-ingredient recipe, so I went with vodka. I was going to try white rum - but we were out - so vodka it was! Vodka is pretty flavourless, so it doesn't taint the floral elderflower flavour, but it does add a seasonal dash of festive spirit - just what you need for Christmas day!
In my mind, this sparkling punch recipe is a Christmas cocktail, but it would definitely work as a New Year's Eve cocktail recipe, too - possibly even more so! It's not NYE without bubbles, right?
If you're planning on making this Sparkling Elderflower Punch, will you be serving it for Christmas or New Year's Eve?