Elderflower Collins

Elderflower Collins

This elderflower Collins is an adaptation of a Tom Collins, a classic drink made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and club soda over ice. It’s essentially an alcoholic lemonade, which would be perfect for those hot summer evenings.

FAQs about the Elderflower Collins

What is the difference between a highball and a Collins glass?

Both are tall, thin glasses, but the Collins glass typically holds a bit more volume (10-14 ounces versus 8-12 ounces).

Do I have to drink my elderflower Collins in a Collins glass?

No. There’s tradition, and then there’s what really matters. Just like with wine glasses, as long as you’re not drinking out of plastic, you’re not likely to be able to taste any difference. The idea that you need different glasses for wine is myth and marketing.

Can I substitute vodka for the gin?

Yes, then you would be making a vodka Collins.

Is there a right way and wrong way to shake a cocktail?

No, go ahead and shake to whatever song you like. But there a few things you shouldn’t do.

Elderflower Collins

Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Author uglyducklingbakery


  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • ½ ounce elderflower liqueur (e.g. St. Germain)
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • club soda/seltzer water


  • Shake the gin, lemon juice, and elderflower liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice.
    1 1/2 ounces gin, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur (e.g. St. Germain)
  • Filter into a tall glass filled with ice and top with club soda.
    club soda/seltzer water
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel and maraschino cherry (or a chive blossom, if you like)

What’s next?

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Check out other uglyducklingbakery cocktails and mocktails to see other tasty cocktails like the “Lady Bridgerton” (an Empress 1908 gin cocktail), lavender gimlet, or jalapeno raspberry bramble.

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