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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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 The blood orange spritz flavor is tart, the French 75 has hints of elderflower, juniper, and lemon. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Portable Negronis and spritzes to sip at the beach or pool," 28 June 2018 Here, Puglisi conjures dishes that push the limits of flavor, like dried yellow beet sashimi with elderflower. Bon Appetit, "City Guides," 18 June 2018 The Lady Germain cocktail features a floral medley of elderflower liqueur, gin, lemon juice, strawberries and Champagne. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How to have big fun with mini-appetizers and mini-cocktails," 2 June 2018 Another, the Parisian ($13), is assembled like a brandy Old Fashioned sweet, but made with cognac and elderflower liqueur, along with citrus and cherry. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reopening after break, Meraki marks new menu with a half-price night," 12 July 2018 Flowers won’t just be in the church today: the couples’ lemon elderflower wedding cake, made by London baker Claire Ptak, will also be decorated with fresh flowers. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A First Look at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Fairytale Wedding Flowers Inside St. George’s Chapel," 19 May 2018 The cake will be a lemon elderflower cake covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. Lena Grossman, Time, "Hold Onto Your Fancy Hat. It's the Recipe for Meghan Markle's Exquisite Royal Wedding Cake.," 18 May 2018

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1562, in the meaning defined above

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