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?
Sparkling Elderflower Punch
- 1 750 ml of cava/sparkling white wine/prosecco/champagne
- ¼ cup elderflower syrup
- ½ cup vodka
- Pour all the ingredients into a serving jug, stir and serve chilled.