St. Elder is an elderflower liqueur made from the extract of elderflower blossoms. Produced in Somerville, MA, it uses a blend of North American elderflower varieties, which gives it a strong lychee flavor with tropical and stone fruit connotations. It is moderately sweet and makes a nice light aperitif with the addition of lemon and sparkling water.
Try elderflower liqueur in a French 75 variation (sometimes called a French 77), in lieu of Crème de Cassis in a Kir or Kir Royale variation. The adventurous drinker should immediately make a Bitter Elder (gin, Campari, elderflower liqueur and lemon).
The frugal will note that St. Elder is quite a bit less expensive than the St. Germain, the other widely-available elderflower liqueur.
Some popular cocktails containing St. Elder
- The Screaming Lyra — Rye, Amaro Montenegro, Elderflower liqueur, Simple syrup, Jalapeño
- The Lovely Lyra — Rye, Amaro Montenegro, Elderflower liqueur, Orange bitters, Lavender syrup, Orange peel
- The Summit — Bourbon, Aromatized wine, Elderflower liqueur, Curaçao, Orange bitters, Grapefruit juice, Orange peel