I haven't done much with my homemade elderflower liqueur, other than a few more elderflower, sparkling wine cocktails. As good as these are, my appetite for light, sparkly cocktails has diminished as the weather has cooled and the days have shortened. Although elderflower seems very summery, there is a certain herbal nature to it that I was convinced could be quite autumnal when combined with the right ingredients. After some "interesting" experiments with most of the ingredients in my cocktail cupboard, my attention turned to the bottle of bourbon. It was a real leap of faith (The Husband would have been outraged if I had wasted precious bourbon on something disgusting) but the aromatic nature of the bourbon actually enhanced the herbal aspects of the elderflower liquer. It just needed some acidity and sweetness to balance out the alcohol hit and it seemed fitting to use elderflower cordial as the sweet component. The colours were suitably seasonal and it certainly hit the spot on dark, rainy autumn evening.
autumn elderflowers (makes one large one)
30mL elderflower liquer
25mL fresh lime juice
25mL elderflower cordial
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of yellow plum and a cherry on a cocktail stick (or any other random cocktail garnish you can find).