el·​der·​flow·​er | \ ˈel-dər-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce elderflower (audio) \

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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The mocktail version: Omit elderflower liqueur and lavender bitters. Kate Richards, Country Living, "Spring Bouquet Cocktail," 19 Mar. 2019 The sponge inside is soaked with St.-Germain elderflower liqueur and lemon juice, which gives it a fragrant, bright taste. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Hold On to Your Fascinators, We Made an Unofficial Royal Wedding Cake Recipe," 15 May 2018 The royal couple requested that the cake be decorated with fresh flowers, and as in seen in the video, Ptak will use a mix of white garden roses and fresh elderflowers. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Lemon-Elderflower Wedding Cake Is 'Underway!'—See It Come Together," 18 May 2018 The waiters scurry back in with the first course of the ‘vegetable season’ menu: a broth made of potato and elderflower served in a terra-cotta pot, which has to be sucked through a straw. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Eat at Noma, One of the World’s Most Famous Restaurants," 21 Dec. 2018 Ptak used syrup made from the elderflower trees on the Queen’s Sandringham estate, and decorated the three cakes with buttercream and fresh flowers. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your First Look at Princess Eugenie's Red Velvet Wedding Cake," 6 Oct. 2018 Villar Perosa, a drink with gin, elderflower liquor, grapefruit, and prosecco. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Just the Cocktails to Order When You Need a Drink During New York Fashion Week," 7 Sep. 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan hired pastry chef Claire Ptak to bake a lemon elderflower for their wedding. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Relationship So Far," 31 May 2018 The Drinks Jugs of elderflower with fresh lime and mint, homemade lemonade, jugs of water with slices of Amalfi lemon...and wine obviously! Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "How to Throw an End of Summer Garden Party, From London’s Favorite Eat-In Flower Shop," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of elderflower

1562, in the meaning defined above

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