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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But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also broke tradition with their cake earlier this year, opting for a lemon elderflower flavor with buttercream. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "All the Ways Princess Eugenie's Wedding Broke Royal Tradition," 12 Oct. 2018 Guests can choose from 27 teas and are served traditional sandwiches such as smoked salmon and cucumber with cream cheese; warm, buttery scones and brownies; and hazelnut and elderflower layered cake. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Toast Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at one of London's finest afternoon teas," 13 May 2018 Like, wedding cake flavor (lemon elderflower), invitations (by London stationer Barnard & Westwood), and guests (the couple invite 2,640 members of the public to the Windsor Castle grounds). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Love Story: A Timeline," 22 Mar. 2019 The cake features elderflower syrup made at the Queen’s residence in Sandringham, as well as a light sponge cake, Amalfi lemon curd filling and elderflower buttercream. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Royal wedding 2018: Canapes, cake are on the menu for Harry and Meghan's reception," 19 May 2018 The cake, made of a light sponge covered in elderflower buttercream and filled with lemon curd also featured 150 fresh flowers. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Royal Wedding: See the Cake and Find Out What Guests Ate," 19 May 2018 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

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1562, in the meaning defined above

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