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Sparkling Elderflower Punch

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!

Sparkling Elderflower Punch Cocktail Recipe |

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.

Sparkling Elderflower Punch Cocktail Recipe |

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!

Sparkling Elderflower Punch Cocktail Recipe |

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?

📖 Recipe

Sparkling Elderflower Punch Cocktail Recipe |

Sparkling Elderflower Punch

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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 large glasses


  • 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.

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  1. Kia @ A View From Here

    I adore the flavour of Elderflower.
    Last year I served Buck's Fizz for our Boxing Day family get together (subbing OJ & Lemonade for our non-drinkers and the drivers). I was going to do the same this year but now I think I just might go for this (minus the vodka) and sub an Elderflower with soda water for our non-drinkers/drivers.

  2. Nancherrow

    I've never tasted elderflower, but this looks like a lovely cocktail! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  3. Jenny @ Honey and Birch

    I am joining the Foodie Fridays as a co-host and I'm including this recipe in my feature for this week! I have never had elderflower in a drink before, but I think I want to after seeing this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it. I hope you stop by and link up more recipes this week - can't wait to see what you contribute!

    Jenny @ Honey and Birch

  4. Cheryl@ Sew Can Do

    I have GOT to get some of that syrup! Where do you buy yours? Will pin this as a to-make for New Year's:) Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do!

    • Nicola Quinn

      Hi Cheryl,
      Thanks for stopping by! I live in Spain, so telling you where I buy this syrup from probably won't be too helpful! 🙂 The store I get it from is a huge one which sells every type of alcohol imaginable, so if you've got something similar close to you, I'd try there. Otherwise, there's always Amazon!

  5. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    I love elderflower, this punch sounds lovely and refreshing. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  6. Miz Helen

    What a great punch! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen