Jelly? For dessert? But of course. Forget boxed flavors; sparkling wine and elderflower syrup give this Home Made Summer dessert plenty of adult flavor.
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According to Home Made Summer author Yvette van Boven, every children's party in Ireland served jelly and cream for dessert. The combination wasn't a favorite, but the memory of refreshingly jiggly jelly stuck. This version has a flowery, delicate flavor bubbled up with prosecco. Adding edible flowers is the final, lovely touch.
Elderflower liqueur is a magical potion—a little bit will revive and brighten Champagne that's heading south or enhance the botanicals in a good gin. It perks up a drink by adding a little sweetness and a light floral touch. Though it was once hard to find in the states, elderflower liqueur is now such a common and essential mixing ingredient that it's called "bartender's ketchup" in cocktail circles.
Elderflower cordial perks up a drink by adding a little sweetness and a light floral touch. For less than a dollar, you can make a delicious elderflower mixer that tastes a bit like a lemon bar mixed with a light, floral tea.
In Portland, Oregon—like in many cities—brunch and breakfast establishments abound. It's not that we're too lazy to make our own breakfast and brunch; it's just that there are so many good places to eat out, that why would we bother messing up our own kitchens with biscuits and gravy or eggs Benny? But now that I have the recipe for this delicious brunch drink, I may be brunching at home more often.
This cocktail from The Country Cat in Portland, Oregon, has everything you need at brunch, and more: grapefruit-infused gin, elderflower liqueur, rhubarb bitters and sparkling wine.