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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

This Elderflower Collins is an adaptation of the Tom Collins. The Elderflower Collins leaves out the simple syrup and instead combines gin with elderflower liqueur. This elderflower gin cocktail is essentially an alcoholic lemonade, perfect for hot summer evenings or any time you want a refreshing drink.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Unspecified
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, one half to 1 ounce of simple syrup and one half 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