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 The product’s base is Riesling juice, with additions of fig, ginger, rosemary, yuzu, elderflower and more. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Cocktails without alcohol are frequently mediocre. Here are some recipes that actually taste good," 19 Jan. 2021 Here, they’re boosted with mezcal and elderflower for a bright and earthy brew. Washington Post, "Smaller bowl, same punch: Scaling down New Year’s drinks for one or two," 18 Dec. 2020 Enter these soothing sachets, everything from Chinese black to Scandanavian cranberry elderflower. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "30 amazing Advent calendars that make December so much merrier," 10 Nov. 2020 And the cocktail list will include riffs on classics, including the Elder Statesmen, a modern twist on a martini with gin, Kina l’Aero, elderflower liqueur and orange bitters. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Historic Tribune Tower will get a casual new French restaurant from seasoned Oakland chefs," 8 Dec. 2020 Enter these soothing sachets, everything from Chinese black to Scandanavian cranberry elderflower. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "30 amazing Advent calendars that make December so much merrier," 10 Nov. 2020 Enter these soothing sachets, everything from Chinese black to Scandanavian cranberry elderflower. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "30 amazing Advent calendars that make December so much merrier," 10 Nov. 2020 Enter these soothing sachets, everything from Chinese black to Scandanavian cranberry elderflower. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "30 amazing Advent calendars that make December so much merrier," 10 Nov. 2020 Enter these soothing sachets, everything from Chinese black to Scandanavian cranberry elderflower. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "30 amazing Advent calendars that make December so much merrier," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of elderflower

1562, in the meaning defined above

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2 Feb 2021

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“Elderflower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elderflower. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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