Do you ever find yourself pushing five-o-clock on a Thursday and you can’t decide between having a glass of wine or making a cocktail? Well the good news is that you don’t have to choose. Sangria isn’t the only creative way to drink wine!
This libation uses a couple of elegant ingredients but, don’t worry, I’m going to walk you through them.
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White Bordeaux or Bordeaux Blanc
A white Bordeaux is actually a white blend. It’s mostly made of Sauvignon Blanc with some Sémillon thrown in. Since its red counterparts get all of the glory, you can find a very good white Bordeaux for a super reasonable price (under $25). I chose a 2016 Chateau Marjosse Blanc from Bordeaux Wines. If you don’t have a white Bordeaux in stock, reach for your favorite dry Sauvignon Blanc instead.
Okay, I know this is a little weird but it’s totally worth it. Obviously, a juicer works best but you can also throw some peeled cucumber in a food processor or blender and then strain it through a sieve or cotton cheese cloth. If you just can’t be bothered, take a few cucumber slices and muddle them to a pulp before pouring in your other ingredients (english/seedless cucumber works best). Your cocktail is basically now a salad!
Elderflower is the literal flower that grows on the elderberry bush. The botanical has really had a moment recently and I’m here for it. Its floral sweetness pairs really well with white wine, vodka or gin. You can find it in syrup form pretty easily these days. However, if 2-day shipping is too slow for you, reach for St. Germain which is a popular elderflower liqueur.
Come on, you know this one.
Mix all these together for a fabulous start to your happy hour.
Want to elevate it even further? Garnish it with a cucumber rose. Tutorial coming soon!
Elderflower Cucumber Spritz Recipe
Elderflower Cucumber Spritz
- 1/2 oz cucumber juice
- 1/2 oz elderflower syrup
- 4 oz Bordeaux Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc
- 1 oz club soda
- Add all ingredients to a glass with ice and stir.
- Garnish with a cucumber rose.