This is a sweet little drink we enjoyed this weekend at a party in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. From the three open bottles of champagne, you can tell that it was pretty popular. It is a drink that is on the sweet side. What could be better….a sweet drink to enjoy on a sweet day. My two friends that grew up in Iowa with me (they are sisters) from Peonies From Heaven had this drink and then made it at the party. I don’t recall hearing the name of the drink. I’m sure they didn’t invent it (although I’m sure they would claim that they did if you asked them), but I’ll go ahead and name it in their honor. Because they have a wild streak and take every opportunity to harass me (I don’t deserve it) along with it being close to Halloween, I’ll name it ‘The Devil Sisters’ Champagne Brew’. All kidding aside, this champagne brew is delicious. Make sure to have the following ingredients on hand:
- Champagne of your choice
- A bottle of St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- A bottle of orange bitters
- Sugar cubes
- Fresh oranges
The Devil Sister’s Champagne Brew:
Take a champagne flute and fill it about 3/4 full with your favorite chilled champagne. Then add about half of a shot of the elderflower liqueur into the flute. Next, drop in one sugar cube that is generously soaked in the orange bitters. Garnish by dropping in a slice of fresh orange peel. Enjoy!!
I’ve seen more and more drinks that are being made these days with the elderflower liqueur. I’ve read that it is an artisanal French liqueur made from hand-picked elderflower blossoms. The starry white flowers are gathered by 40-50 folks pedaling the Alpen French countryside picking the flowers that is then distilled into this liqueur. It is blended with a small amount of citrus and natural cane sugar to accentuate the subtle flavor of the elderflowers. The resulting liqueur is delicate and balanced with fresh floral aromas and flavors and hints of pear, apricot and grapefruit zest. So if you are looking for a sweet little brew, go ahead and give this one a try….and let me know what this is called if you know its name. Have you ever used elderflower liqueur in any of your drink specialties?