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, opt for a straightforward and well-balanced sparkler such as Bolney Estate’s Bolney Bubbly Brut, which offers floral and brioche notes with hints of zesty citrus fruit, honeysuckle, and elderflower. Bon Appétit, "A Great British Sparkling Wine For Every Meal," 17 Dec. 2019 Make the Cocktail: Combine gin, Cranberry Syrup, fresh lemon juice, elderflower liquor, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Cranberry Gin Fizz," 30 Oct. 2019 The paloma, for example, features tequila, grapefruit and elderflower liqueur, while Doña’s spin on a pina colada opts for Oaxacan rum, coconut cream, lime and pineapple-vanilla syrup. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Doña Tomás owner opens new Mexican restaurant in Oakland," 13 Dec. 2019 For those looking to take the purist craft cocktail route, the That’s My Jam blends coconut rum, raspberry and elderflower liqueur, strawberry jam, and a citrus juice blend. al, "McFly’s and Unplugged are ready to serve up 80s/90s nostalgia in Five Points South," 23 Nov. 2019 Scallops marinated in elderflower vinegar and mussel juice show how open the Irish attitude is regarding food, says Matthews, the chef de cuisine. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "In Dublin, Chapter One begins and ends with pampering," 20 Nov. 2019 At its core, The Whale is a competent bar with decent cocktails, like The Whale G&T ($14), which adds floral elderflower tonic to the classic gin and tonic. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "The Whale restaurant brings downtown luxury to Logan Square. But the food is dreadful.," 31 Oct. 2019 On the packages, the flavor notes are described as reminiscent of jasmine tea, key lime pie, elderflower and almond brittle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "$35 for a cup of coffee? But it’s locally grown by Grammy winner Jason Mraz," 5 Oct. 2019 To each glass, add the prosecco, followed by elderflower liqueur. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "See Inside the Maison St-Germain Opening Night—and Get the Cocktail Recipe the Stars Were Sipping," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of elderflower

1562, in the meaning defined above

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“Elderflower.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elderflower. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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