Bitter Elder
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Bitter Elder
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Rating

4.31 / 5
The Bitter Elder cocktail is a beautifully balanced drink that weaves together the floral notes of elderflower liqueur with the sharpness of lemon juice and the complex, bitter undertones of ... more The Bitter Elder cocktail is a beautifully balanced drink that weaves together the floral notes of elderflower liqueur with the sharpness of lemon juice and the complex, bitter undertones of Campari. Predominantly featuring the juniper-forward character of gin, this cocktail delivers a harmonious mix of citrus, sweetness, and bitterness, making it a sophisticated choice for those who enjoy a drink with depth and contrast. Served in a cocktail glass, the Bitter Elder presents an elegant appearance and is a modern concoction that appeals to diverse palates, especially those with an appreciation for aperitifs and floral accents.
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26.42% | 2.77 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Bitter Elder delivers a masterful symphony of flavors that intrigues the palate. The interplay between the floral elderflower liqueur and the biting zest of lemon juice is impeccably balanced with the earthy bitterness of Campari, creating a cocktail that offers a refreshing twist with each sip, ideal for those who revel in a sophisticated blend of sweet and bitter notes.

Method
How to make a Bitter Elder

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve

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FAQ's

FAQ

What does the Bitter Elder taste like?

The Bitter Elder cocktail offers a harmonious blend of bittersweet and floral flavors. The Campari provides a distinct bitter and herbal undertone, while the elderflower liqueur balances this with its sweet and fragrant notes. The gin adds a botanical complexity, and the lemon juice introduces a refreshing acidity, making the drink vibrant and layered.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute a different type of gin in the Bitter Elder?

Yes, you can substitute a different type of gin in the Bitter Elder cocktail. While a classic London Dry Gin is commonly used for its clean and juniper-forward profile, feel free to experiment with other varieties like American gin for a more citrus-forward flavor, or an Old Tom Gin for a slightly sweeter take. Each type of gin will lend its unique character to the cocktail.

FAQ

Is the Bitter Elder suitable for those new to cocktails with bitter flavors?

The Bitter Elder might be an acquired taste for those not accustomed to bitter flavors due to the presence of Campari. However, the elderflower liqueur and lemon juice do a wonderful job of balancing the bitterness with sweetness and acidity, making it a more approachable option for those looking to explore bitter cocktails.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How should I garnish a Bitter Elder?

A typical garnish for a Bitter Elder cocktail could include a thin lemon twist or a small sprig of fresh herbs like mint or thyme to enhance its aroma and add visual appeal. The citrus from the lemon twist complements the drink's flavors, while the herbs can add a fresh, aromatic touch.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What is the best occasion to serve the Bitter Elder?

The Bitter Elder is versatile enough to be served at a variety of occasions. Its sophisticated balance of flavors makes it an excellent choice for dinner parties, cocktail hours, or summer gatherings. Its floral and bittersweet profile also makes it a great option for spring and summer weddings or any event where a unique and memorable cocktail is desired.

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