Raise a toast with this Elderflower Fizz made with just 5 ingredients! This recipe makes for a light and refreshing cocktail that is dangerously easy to drink.
You’ll know you’ve successfully made this Elderflower Fizz Cocktail when you see bubbles rising, carrying the scents of elderflower and thyme sprig. You should be able to taste the elderflower with a hint of honey. The lime sour mix kicks in a little later with the distinct characteristic of Jinro is Back.
The smoothness of Jinro is Back and the acidity from the lime sour mix strike a balance with the sweetness of the honey. The drinking experience is lastly elevated by the bubbles brought by the soda water. The Elderflower cordial adds a floral note to this incredibly light and refreshing pitcher drink.
What’s in this recipe?
Jinro Chamisul / Jinro is back: Any plain soju works so as not to detract from the beautiful flavours of elderflower, but Chamisul Soju and Jinro is Back are our personal favourites for this recipe.
Monin Elderflower/ St Germain Elderflower Liqueur: Can’t make an Elderflower Fizz drink without Elderflower liqueur, can we? Monin Elderflower Syrup offers floral sweetness to cocktails, teas, lemonades, sodas and flavoured sparkling wines.
Lime sour mix: Made by mixing 2 parts freshly squeezed lime and 1 part honey. The lime used here is key lime, not calamansi lime (those you squeeze over your fried Hokkien prawn noodles).
Honey: Like simple syrup, honey is used to sweeten cocktails – but, unlike simple syrup, it also adds a deliciously unctuous floral flavour to your finished drink.
Soda Water: Soda water is simply carbonated water. Use traditional soda water that is unflavoured and unsweetened.
Thyme sprig: This is optional but highly recommended! The thyme lends such a refreshing aroma to the drink. You can also use fresh basil or rosemary in place of the thyme.
Find the printable recipe with measurements below.
Jinro is Back vs Chamisul Soju
There is a subtle difference between Jinro Chamisul and Jinro is Back. To understand more about the taste profiles of Jinro Chamisul and Jinro is back, click on the individual links below.
For this recipe, we used Jinro is Back. The sensation is rounder which enhances the acidity from the Lime Sour mixture. Jinro Chamisul is also an option however, you may want to balance the sharpness of this soju with more honey or with a longer shake to increase the dilution.
If you’re feeling luxurious, replace Monin Elderflower Syrup with Elderflower Liqueur.
Likewise, soda water can be replaced with a more extravagant option – prosecco. Champagne works too, but prosecco would be a better option due to the difference in bubbles. Prosecco has a more fruit-forward palate, with larger, coarser bubbles. Another option would be Cava, but prosecco would be an easier option due to its availability and suitability.
Chilsung Cider is also an excellent alternative for soda water, due to its great combination of sweetness and carbonation. If using Chilsung Cider, you may reduce the amount of honey used.
How to achieve the best results for Elderflower Fizz Cocktail
This cocktail is super easy to make. Here’s how you can make it step-by-step:
- Measure out the quantities one by one and pour Jinro is Back soju, Monin Elderflower Syrup, lime sour mix and honey into the shaker to perform a dry shake*
- Fill the shaker with ice cubes – about ¾ of the way – to perform a wet shake until it is well chilled (Suggested timing: 10-12 seconds)
- Strain and pour directly into your choice of glass/cup
- Top up with enough soda water
- Garnish with a thyme sprig
- Serve right away
*Dry shake refers to shaking ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice
A few recipe tips
- Once the ice cubes are added, try not to shake the drink for too long as the ice cubes might melt and dilute the drink
- Adjust the sweetness to your liking with the amount of honey and tartness with the key lime
- To make a large batch, you can skip using the shaker. Mix the ingredients and chill, then simply pour into cocktail glasses filled with ice and top up with soda water. And a sprig of thyme!