My love of elderflower was discovered suddenly upon first sip of a cocktail they were calling a French 76 or 77 or something other awesome number at Rembrandt’s restaurant in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia. It was a superbly delightful blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Gin, and St. Germain. More recently, we fell in love again over St. Germain, lime, and this Absolut wild tea that I couldn’t seem to find anywhere in our local Alcohol Control Board stores.
Enter my mother. Gourmande extraordinaire and just awesome mom, period. She found this coveted vodka in a store while she was traveling out of state. But what happened next was a stroke of sheer mom-genius. She made a lemongrass simple syrup. I don’t know where she got the recipe, but here’s one from Saveur. Now the rest is delicious history.
Lemongrass Elderflower Martini
2 parts Absolut Wild Tea vodka
1 part St. Germain elderflower liquer
juice of half a lime (or more or less to taste)
1 part (more or less to taste) lemongrass simple syrup
crushed ice, martini shaker. shake shake shake. pour.