el·​der·​flow·​er ˈel-dər-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce elderflower (audio)
: 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 Botanical ingredients — like lavender, jasmine, elderflower and rose — have blossomed in products like coffee, creamer and cookies. Sonal Dutt, Peoplemag, 5 June 2024 One nice touch was The Irene Dalis, a cocktail made with vodka, grapefruit juice, elderflower liqueur and a rosemary garnish. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, 14 May 2024 Wash it down with a signature cocktail like the Paloma and Her Shadow made with mezcal, grapefruit liqueur, lime, agave and sparkling water or the Martini Mi Amor made with elderflower liqueur, mandarin vodka, passionfruit liqueur and lemon. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2024 The Solar Mule blends dark rum with ginger beer and elderflower liqueur; the Snake Bite Eclipse features half a glass of Ciderboys hard cider topped with a dark pour of Quaff On! The Indianapolis Star, 1 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for elderflower 

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elderflower was in 1562

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“Elderflower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elderflower. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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