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a highball glass filled with elderflower liqueur and empress gin with a straw, orange, and cherry.
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Elderflower Collins

The Elderflower Collins is a floral adaptation of the classic Tom Collins that uses elderflower liqueur in place of simple syrup.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Unspecified
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 255kcal


  • Cocktail shaker


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur St. Germain, for example.
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 ounces club soda or seltzer water
  • 1 slice orange or lemon for garnish
  • 1 maraschino cherry for garnish


  • If you want to layer the gin on top of the Collins, shake the elderflower liqueur and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. If you do not want a separate gin layer, include the gin with the liqueur and lemon juice.
    1 ounce elderflower liqueur, 1 ounce lemon juice, 2 ounces gin
  • Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and top with the club soda.
    2 ounces club soda or seltzer water
  • To float a layer of Empress gin, pour the gin slowly over the back of a bar spoon laid bottom side up on top of the ice cubes.
    2 ounces gin
  • Garnish with a lemon or orange wheel and a maraschino cherry (or a chive blossom, if you like)
    1 slice orange or lemon, 1 maraschino cherry


Variations: to make a classic Tom Collins, use 2 ounces of gin, 1/2 to 1 ounce of simple syrup and 1/2 to 1 ounce of lemon juice, depending on your preference for sweet or tart.


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg