Nicole’s Sparkling Elderflower & Vodka Summer Cocktail

Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner. We were planning to kick-off the unofficial start of BBQ season playing lawn games, grilling burgers and roasting s’mores, but the dreary weather we have been experiencing this past week might chase us indoors. If you are lucky enough to find yourself celebrating the three day weekend somewhere sunny, I have the perfect summer cocktail for you to enjoy.

The Sparkling Elderflower and Vodka Summer Cocktail is a staple at our summer gatherings. I first fell in love with it’s light and refreshing taste the moment my friend, Nicole, first served this delicious concoction several summers ago. Since then, it has been my cocktail of choice to sip while lounging by the pool, grilling in the backyard or simply sitting on the front porch with a girlfriend watching the kids play at the end of the day.

Nicole’s Summer Cocktail (as we fondly refer to it in our home) is a combination of vodka, elderflower liqueur, club soda and lemonade. If you aren’t already familiar with elderflower liqueur, it is made from small, white, delicate, star shaped flowers on the elderflower bush. It’s sweetly floral flavor is a great accompaniment to any number of fruits including lemons. I tend to use Simply Lemonade when preparing this drink for the sake of time and effort, but using fresh lemonade would take this recipe up a notch. The addition of club soda make it an extra refreshing to enjoy on a hot day.

Sparkling Elderflower & Vodka Cocktail

serves 1


  • glass of ice
  • 1 ½ ounce of vodka
  • ½ ounce of elderflower liqueur
  • ½ cup club soda
  • ⅓ cup lemonade


Fill a tall glass with ice. Add vodka, elderflower liqueur and club soda. Top with lemonade. Stir. Enjoy!

This is an easy recipe to adjust if you are serving a crowd. I would simply multiply the recipe by however many cocktails I was going to be serving, add the ingredients to a large pitcher, stir, and serve over a tall glass of ice.

Cheers to a happy Memorial Day weekend and a fantastic summer ahead☀️⛱

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