Welcome to the happiest hour! Aren’t Friday’s just the best? I love finishing the work week with the feeling of having the whole weekend ahead. Usually I’m a glass-of-red kind of gal on Friday nights, but now that we have a cute bar cabinet in our apartment I am loving trying out different cocktail recipes and stockpiling our liquor selection! We always have a bottle of Hendrick’s on hand when we want to whip up a quick Gin & Tonic (which is my summertime jam, hurry up summer!), but for Valentine’s Day I wanted to make fun and floral drink for the occasion! This Raspberry Elderflower Gin & Tonic uses a fresh raspberry simple syrup, Hendrick’s Gin, and Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water.
How to make a Raspberry Elderflower Gin & Tonic
A classic gin and tonic is just gin, tonic water and fresh squeezed lime juice. So refreshing!
For a Valentine’s Day spin I wanted to make this G & T a little sweet and a little floral – perfect for the day of love right?!
Here’s what to do:
Make the raspberry simple syrup: mix 3/4 cup water, 3/4 sugar, and 6 oz package of raspberries in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once bubbles appear, turn down to low and simmer for 5 minutes. I wanted even more raspberry flavor, so I put the mixture in a blender, blitzed it for a few seconds, and then poured it through a mesh strainer. Let cool, and store in a glass container for up to a week!
I love using my Godinger copper cocktail set we got as a wedding gift! I use the jigger to pour the gin! Measure out 2 oz into a glass filled with ice, add in simple syrup and tonic water and give it a stir!
Fever- Tree is always my go-to. I love their motto of if 3/4 of your drink is the mixer mix with the best! Their ginger beer, cucumber, and this elderflower tonic are my ultimate faves. There’s also so many drinks to make beyond the classic G & T. Vodka and Tequila are great with tonic and a squeeze of lemon or lime, or you can add any number of juices to your Gin and Tonic like Pineapple in place of the simple syrup!
Looking for other Valentine’s Day ideas?
You’ve got to have bubbles on this occasion – try this Sparkling Strawberry Sangria.
I’m always down for a good cheeseboard – Check out this cute V-Day version I made last year!
Chocolate rose cake for two is always a good idea.
Here’s our favorite romantic meals to cook together!
Raspberry Elderflower Gin and Tonic
- 2 oz Hendricks Gin
- 1 oz raspberry simple syrup
- 3-4 oz elderflower Fever-Tree Tonic
- Make the raspberry simple syrup: mix 3/4 cup water, 3/4 sugar, and 6 oz package of raspberries in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once bubbles appear, turn down to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the mixture in a blender, blitz it for a few seconds, and then pour through a mesh strainer. Let cool
- Fill your cocktail glass with ice, add in 2 oz of gin, 1 oz of rasberry simple syrup or more for sweetness, elderflower tonic water, and give a good stir. Or you can add ingredients to a coktail shaker and pour over ice! Top with fresh rasberries or garnish with a flower garnish.