el·der·flow·er | \ ˈel-dər-ˌflau̇(-ə)r \

Definition of elderflower 

: the flower of an elderberry (such as Sambucus nigra) used especially in making wines, liqueurs, and teas On its own, this 40-proof liqueur, said to be the first made from fresh elderflowers hand-picked in the Alps and macerated in eau de vie, is pretty intense unless it's cut with ice and a splash of soda. —Florence Fabricant … Percy heaved an impressive sigh and took a deep swig of elderflower wine … —J. K. Rowling

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For their big day, the newlyweds opted for a trendy lemon-elderflower cake made by Claire Ptak, the owner of Violet Cakes in Hackney, East London. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "The Royal Wedding Cake Baker Had Nightmares About Frosting Before the Ceremony," 23 May 2018 Then, there was the showstopper: 1,000 lit up elderflowers, a bright homage to the botany that makes up St-Germain liqueur. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Making of Kate Young’s Wild Garden for Maison St-Germain," 22 June 2018 The cake: Think spring: Lemon, elderflower, fresh flowers. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding: What we know and what we don't know," 28 Mar. 2018 The same presentation is used for the Winter in Salzburg, which features dark rum, elderflower, lemon and apple cider infused with rosemary that's torched at your table ($12). Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "10 Chicago spots mixing up hot cocktails to fight the winter chill," 17 Jan. 2018 The slice is then coated with raw sugar and a mix of plum and elderflower vinegar so it can be quickly heated to create a glass-like coating. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 As their wedding date approaches, the couple has revealed several key details about their big day, including their wedding photographer, floral designerand the pastry chef behind their lemon and elderflower cake. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry Has Asked Prince William to Be His Best Man — and His Response Is So Heartfelt," 26 Apr. 2018 For a more soothing libation, get the Siren ($28), made with Belvedere vodka, elderflower and Prosecco with fruit ice cubes. Jeanne Cooper, SFChronicle.com, "Where to watch the sunset with a cocktail around Half Moon Bay," 11 July 2018 The confection consists of tiers of lemon sponge cake drizzled with elderflower syrup and topped with an Amalfi lemon curd. Shay Spence, PEOPLE.com, "See Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Stunning and 'Quintessentially British' Wedding Cake," 19 May 2018

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1562, in the meaning defined above

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