Delicate Elderflower Cocktail

13th September 2023

Glass of Bubbly Elderflower Cocktail

The delicate Elderflower grows every year, blossoming from late May to mid-June, always picked at best once the buds have freshly opened on a warm, dry and sunny day, found growing all across the UK, from woodlands to roadside hedgerows, after the flower has lived its life, the Elderflower will then turn into purple Elderberries in the summer.

This Cocktail has been designed to perfectly showcase the delicate characteristics of the Elderflower, showcasing itself within every sip, thanks to the combined work of Darnley’s Original Gin and Penine Simonič’s Gold Medal Sparkling Wine, perfect for any First Date with its natural smooth sweetness from ripe fruits and wildflowers.

The Sparkling Wine

The story of Penine Simonič begins in the late 1990s, when Ivan Simonič decided to focus on making Sparkling Wine, he became the first Sparkling Wine producer in Bela Krajina, and the first bottle of Semiška Penina was crafted in 2000.

Penine Simonič – Semiška Penina Barrique – Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Smooth, almost creamy golden fruits, ripe white peaches, pear drops and pear blossom delicately touch on the aroma.”

Flavour – “Very smooth, silky, golden and white fruits, grapefruit, persimmon, and more fruits from the exotic side of the world, with notes of foliage and white floral on the palate.” 

Gold Medal in the First Date Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022

Darnley’s Gin

Distilled with exclusively natural ingredients, finding the best botanicals, combining them with the freshest Scottish water, then crafting a pure spirit, this is what the team at Darnely’s Gin pride themselves on accomplishing. They respect the ingredients gifted to them by nature, never using any colours, sweeteners or artificial flavourings, the experience you’ll receive from one of Darnely’s Gin will be a nuanced and authentic taste within your glass.

Located in the village of Kingsbarns, in Fife, where the family has lived, loved and worked for centuries, so it was only right that their Gin story should begin in such a meaningful place, right next to their whisky distillery, in the derelict farm cottage.

Their delicate Elderflowers grow wild on the grounds of Wemyss Castle, their family’s ancestral home.

“There May Be Easier Ways To Make Gin, But For Us, It’s Only Natural” – Darnley’s Gin

Darnley’s Original Gin – Tasting Notes – “Elderflower, juniper, wild white floral, pine needles on the aroma, with grapefruit, juniper berries and subtle spices on the palate, with a mesmerising elderflower character throughout.”

The Delicate Elderflower Cocktail


  • Sparkling Wine
  • Gin
  • Elderflower Liqueur
  • Giant Ice Cube
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Lemon Wheel

How To Make The Delicate Elderflower Cocktail

  • Place A Giant Ice Cube In Your Glass
  • Pour in 100mls of Sparkling Wine
  • 20mls of Gin
  • 5-10mls of Elderflower Liqueur
  • Add a Twig of Rosemary & Thyme
  • Then Drop On a Lemon Wheel

Cocktail Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Delicate elderflower brushes up against freshly picked rosemary and thyme, with notes of lemon pulp, sweet and smooth pear drops with wild white floral on the aroma.”  

Flavour – “Delicate, fresh, smooth and pure, with sweet enchanting elderflower and white pear drops, on a bed of white rose petals, with added hints of juniper, coriander and lemon on the palate.” 


Image Credit: Elderflower TreeElderflowerLemon

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.