Elderflower Spanish Gin & Tonics

October 14, 2015

Elderflower Spanish Gin & Tonics // craftandcocktails.coIt has finally reached Summer here in San Francisco. Rather than heating up like the rest of the country, SF is the coldest during June, July & August and warms up while everyone begins to bundle up, go figure! It has something to do with currents, water temperature, and, well, rather then try to figure out the science behind it all, I am just going to embrace it and sip on these refreshing Elderflower Spanish Gin & Tonics instead.

Gin & Tonics are the ultimate summer (or Indian Summer) drink. You can make them with ease at home, on a boat (I’ve done it!), they are refreshing for a sweltering day, and they are just tasty. My dad’s favorite drink is a Tanqueray & Tonic so I have had my fair share of them over the years (there’s usually one waiting for me as I walk in the door for a visit) so you can say I am a bit of a Gin & Tonic snob.

Elderflower Spanish Gin and Tonics // craftandcocktails.coBecause there are only two ingredients, they have to be made perfectly. They should be prepared with the best quality ingredients you can find, their proportions need to be balanced just so, and most importantly, they need to be ice cold. Think Antarctica in a glass, folks!

I turn to St. George Spirits when I want a good gin. They make a few varieties of gin, and other spirits, that can lend a special touch to whatever cocktail you are mixing up. My favorite to use, especially in a Gin & Tonic, is the Botanivore. It’s super approachable with bright citrus flavors and subtle juniper.

When it comes to tonic, put down the grocery store plastic bottle. These are often too sweet and made from corn syrup, no thanks! Fortunately, there are so many great options on the market these days. Fever Tree is widely distributed and at many grocery stores so this is a great one to look out for. If you want to something really special, grab a bottle of Small Hands or Jack Rudy tonic syrups (they are concentrated so need to be mixed with soda.)

Elderflower Spanish Gin and Tonics // craftandcocktails.coRecently, I have been seeing Spanish style Gin & Tonics pop up on menus and they have changed the G&T game for me! England can take credit for the creation of the original, but the Spanish used their sense for flair to make this classic drink really shine! Along with the junipery gin and sweet, botanical tonic, other ingredients are added to impart not only subtle flavors to them, but add a beautiful garnish to the otherwise simple drink. I mean, damn how gorgeous are these cocktails?!

As far as proportions for the perfect G&T, I like to do a 2/3 of the drink filled with tonic and 1/3 with gin (so 3:1) for this terrific tipple.

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Elderflower Spanish Gin & Tonics

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 mi nutes
  • Yield: 1 1x



Elderflower Gin & Tonics



Chill the drinking glass for a half hour. Add ice to the glass. Squeeze one slice of grapefruit into the glass and discard. Add the other grapefruit slice, the juniper berries, and rosemary sprig to the glass. Pour gin into the glass. Add the tonic and stir before drinking.


  • Serving Size: 1

Elderflower Spanish Gin and Tonics // craftandcocktails.coElderflower Spanish Gin and Tonics // craftandcocktails.coFor this particular Spanish style Gin & Tonic, I grabbed a plump, pink grapefruit, woodsy rosemary, and sharp juniper to adorn the glass and pair with the Elderflower Tonic. It’s important to add these first- as you pour the tonic and gin into the glass, it helps better infuse the drink with their flavors.

Elderflower Spanish Gin and Tonics // craftandcocktails.co

This is a G&T recipe that even Goldilocks would find juuuust right!

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  • Reply Megan | Olive & Idlewood October 14, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Oh, this drink is gorgeous and right up my alley! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply Ashley Rose October 14, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks so much! I hope you get to enjoy one soon!

  • Reply Beth October 14, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    This looks divine and I bet it tastes even better! I’m in the market for a good gin. Do you have any other faves besides the brands you mentioned here?

    • Reply Ashley Rose October 15, 2015 at 11:53 am

      It depends on what style gin you like.
      Hendricks is great and super subtle made from cucumber and rose, No. 209, Death’s Door, Big Gin, and on the higher end Monkey 47 gin. Hope this helps!

      • Reply Beth October 19, 2015 at 10:34 pm

        It does help. Thank you!

        • Reply Ashley Rose October 25, 2015 at 8:27 pm

          Great! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply Eden Passante October 21, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    This is so beautiful and sounds so refreshing! Definitely making this asap!

    • Reply Ashley Rose October 25, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      That means a lot coming from you, Eden 🙂 I hope you enjoy them! Cheers!

  • Reply Charlie October 21, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Love these glasses! Might you know where to find them, or are they vintage?

  • Reply Sara Woodrow October 23, 2015 at 6:24 am

    LOVE these pictures. 🙂

    • Reply Ashley Rose October 25, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Why thank you! Glad you enjoyed them, Sara!

  • Reply Allie October 25, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Those look delicious and beautiful to boot… may I ask about those lovely glasses? Would I be able to find them? Gorgeous photos, too!

  • Reply Meeling October 25, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Sounds & looks divine!! Nothing beats a great gin.
    The glasses are gorgeous too, where are they from?
    Gorgeous photos!

    • Reply Ashley Rose October 25, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      You are SO right! gin is so underrated right now, but I think that’s about to change!

      The glasses are from Crate & Barrel here: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/corbin-cocktail-glass/s332042 They are my FAVE!

      • Reply Adam August 4, 2016 at 2:12 pm

        Hi! Wow, those images look great! And I really liked those glasses too. I followed the above link, but it seems that they are not there anymore? Would you happen to know where else to find them?

  • Reply Cyd November 5, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I am SUCH a gin girl and this sounds amazing. I feel like so many people are averse to gin, but I always tell them – bad gin is like bad tequila. It’s just bad! But a good gin, well, it’s gooood. We tend to keep St. George or Hendrick’s around the house. After I finish growing a human and have a baby in a few weeks I might just have to enjoy one of these! 😉

    • Reply Ashley Rose November 6, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Exactly! People shy away because of bad gin experiences (probably from college) bad gin is the worst. But when you finally have a drink made with a good gin, it’s life changing. Hope you enjoy post baby! Congratulations, Cyd!

      • Reply Zoe Bussanmas July 10, 2021 at 2:19 pm

        These are beautiful! Do you know the name of the glasses?

        • Reply Ashley Rose August 29, 2021 at 5:30 pm

          Hi! They are discontinued from Crate & Barrel unfortunately! I hope they come back some day though!

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  • Reply gabriella November 12, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Okay, yum. This sound like everything I’d love. I always go for St. George as well, and LOVE elderflower. Can’t wait to try this out!


    • Reply Ashley Rose November 13, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      You’ll have to try it and let me know how you like it 🙂

      Thanks for all of the positive remarks across my social channels, so nice to hear you enjoying!

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  • Reply Denise May 18, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Thanks! I can’t wait to try this as well!

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      Enjoy, cheers!

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  • Reply Pamela Pyles-Walker June 18, 2016 at 3:30 am

    The only gin I drink.

    • Reply Ashley Rose June 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

      It’s the perfect gin, I think!

  • Reply Antoinette Arrington July 7, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    What would you suggest if tonic isn’t an option for a guest?

  • Reply beker December 19, 2019 at 6:33 am

    I feel like so many people are averse to gin, but I always tell them – bad gin is like bad tequila. It’s just bad! But a good gin, well, it’s gooood. We tend to keep St. George or Hendrick’s around the house. After I finish growing a human and have a baby in a few weeks I might just have to enjoy one of these! 😉

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