Wednesday, June 2, 2010

if an elderflower grows in the woods and there's no one around....


i’ve got some of this st. germain elderflower liqueur here at the apartment. i like this stuff. see it everywhere these days. it’s from france.

what is an elderflower?

why did it suddenly start appearing in restaurants everywhere?

why this art deco bottle?

these are deep questions we may never know the answer to. but for now, here’s an original tequila recipe for you. i call this one a “rosita.”

1&1/2 oz silver tequila
1oz st germain elderflower liqueur
2oz (or less depending on taste) fresh pink grapefruit juice

shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.
garnish with a lime wedge.
salt on the rim (optional)

as far as tequila goes, try to use something without too much personality like herradura, patron or cazadores. or something “fruit-forward” like cielo. you don’t want it to be too spicy or tangy as that would be disruptive to the proceedings. also was just at a friend’s where there were small narcissus flowers and i dropped one into each drink...looked great!

if served with ice instead of up, i call it a "rosie on the rocks"!



p.s. back soon with notes from my latest hijinx in new orleans!


  1. Damn, that sounds tasty. In the past I just used elderflower liqueur with dry (bone dry) champagne. The liqueur really blooms (forgive the pun) in the sparkling-ness.

  2. I am totally going to try that, but with vodka.

  3. Hey Richard!

    Thanks for the tips on margie making. I'm a little sloppy.

    Found a couple of good tequilas if you haven't tried already. An azul, Karma Tequila. Really good. The name kind of turned me away from it, but the tequila guy at Hi Time got me to take it home. It was $35, but is really good.

    And a cheap reposado that is nicely spicy and peppery. La Puerta Negra, $17. You won't believe it.

  4. you know how to be mainstream,write the song for "rosita on the rocks"

  5. Cuz...are you EVER going to write in this here Blog again?