Simple Gin and Elderflower Cocktail

5 from 1 reviews

Enough flavours that it warrants being called a cocktail, yet simple enough that I can make it at the same time as holding down a conversation



For each serving -

  • 50ml Gin
  • 25ml Elderflower Cordial
  • Lots and lots of ice
  • ¼ - ½ lime (depending on how 'limey' you like it and how much juice your lime gives out)
  • 200-250 ml tonic water (depending on how you like it - I don't like to drown mine)


  1. Add the gin and the elderflower cordial to your chosen glass.
  2. Pile lots of ice into the glass.
  3. Now for the lime... I like my drink to be pretty limey, but adjust as you please. Cut a lime into quarters and squeeze the juice from one quarter into the glass (just using your hand, there's no need for any special equipment). Keep an eye on how much juice comes out, some limes can be very mean and you might need to involve a second quarter.
  4. Top with tonic water, straight from the fridge.
  5. Give it a quick stir - I have a teaspoon with a super long handle but a small dessert spoon or even a dinner knife works well.
  6. Garnish with a wedge of lime (the one you just squeezed if you are being frugal, a fresh untouched one if you're feeling fancy). Add a straw if that's your thing.


People ask me where I stand on the 'fancy' tonic waters. I think the bottles are stylish and I like the fact that you (mostly) get less tonic than you do in a can, so there's no waste or over- diluting. Do I think they are worth the extra cost? Call me a heathen but I don't think that I really notice a discernible taste difference. I will continue to sample them though - all in the name of research of course.

Keywords: simple, everyday, cocktail, gin, elderflower