elderflower

noun
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

Examples of elderflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For this herbaceous, floral expression, Glendalough relies on plants like red clover, blackberry leaves, and elderflower, most of which are gathered by a single local forager from the area around the distillery in Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains. Bon Appétit, 31 Mar. 2022 At Death or Glory in Delray Beach, Purple Haze is a light and refreshing cocktail made with vodka, jasmine tea, lavender, blueberry, elderflower, Aperol, and egg white. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 The elderflower and peach blend to create the flavor of candy, but the bourbon and lemon cut the sweetness to create a drink that tastes nostalgic, but also grown up. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 10 Mar. 2022 First, head out into old country lanes to dig up roots, flowers, fruits, herbs and nuts, like elderflower, pignuts and St. John’s Wort. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Feb. 2022 Light, lemony sponge is brushed with elderflower liqueur, filled with lemon curd and, frosted. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 The cocktail is made with bourbon, elderflower liqueur, peach puree and lemon juice with an orange twist and cherry garnish. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 10 Mar. 2022 Its most refreshing option—Original—is a crisp, clean combination of passion fruit and elderflower. Kayla Stewart, Outside Online, 2 Sep. 2021 Lloyd routinely collects elderflower, plantain leaf, nettle, sweet cicely and valerian, but other finds depend on the time of year. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of elderflower

1562, in the meaning defined above

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15 Apr 2022

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“Elderflower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elderflower. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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