Elderflower Collins

Elderflower Collins

This elderflower Collins is an adaptation of a Tom Collins, which is 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.

Frequently asked questions about the Elderflower Collins

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

Both are tall, thin glasses, but the Collins 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.

an elderflower Collins on a platter with a bottle of gin, a bottle of elderflower liquor, and three lemons

Elderflower Collins

Total Time 5 mins
Servings 1 drink


  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz elderflower liqueur (e.g. St. Germain)
  • club soda/seltzer water


  • Shake the gin, lemon juice, and elderflower liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Filter into a tall glass filled with ice and top with club soda.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel and maraschino cherry (or a chive blossom, if you like)

What’s next?

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