Saturday, 24 May 2014

Elderflower & Vanilla Collins @MintBarDublin , WESTIN Hotel . Dublin

With this glorious weather beaming on us at present , what better ways to will away the afternoon lazily with friends , sipping some refreshingly and summery cocktails and the place to be is         "The Mint Bar"  at the Westin hotel , on college green , Dublin .

With an extensive cocktail menu , there is something for every taste , from Fizzes  to Collins , Slings and Rum , From the Classic to the Contemporary , you will be spoiled for choice .
 Karl Byrne , the Manager is there to talk you through and advise .Most Charming gentleman with an extensive knowledge of his Cocktails. A true Mixologist .

I had an " Elderflower & Vanilla Collins " a brew of Hayman's old Tom Gin , St Germain Elderflower Liqueur , fresh lemon juice , Vanilla syrup and all topped with soda water .
A clean and very fresh cocktail with a subtle floral nose . I could get hooked on this quite effortlessly.

" The Mint Bar "
 @ The Westin 
 college green
 Dublin. Tel : 01- 6451322 .

Elderflower being in season , here is how to make your own Elderflower Syrup liqueur.
  •  225 ml of cold water
  • 225 grms of caster sugar
  • 8 to 10 Elderflower heads , tied up in a muslin bag

Place the cold water, sugar , elderflower heads in a saucepan . Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally to ensure the sugar dissolves. Allow to simmer for 2 mins . Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely . Pass the liquid through a muslin lined sieve and store chilled in sterilised bottles or put into freezer bags and freeze until needed .

For an Elderflower Cordial
  • 225 ml of the Elderflower Syrup liqueur
  • 750 ml of water
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 orange
  • ice
  • mint leaves
Juice the lemons and orange. Add to the syrup and water . Mix and taste. Add plenty of ice and mint leaves to garnish .

For an Elderflower Cocktail

Let loose your artistic urges to full fill your moods or to match your summer nail polish

Substitute the water in the above recipe with Prosecco / Champagne / Cava / White wine / Gin / Triple sec or anything else you fancy ...........


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  1. Elderflower cocktails have proved to be a huge hit this year I believe you started the trend here Robert making your own elderflower cordial and it's now a huge success. this cocktail has taken over where other cocktails where once on the menu this now appears as the no 1 on the cocktail list.
    Another well written and informative review

  2. So easy to make and the elder flower is FREE .I make a huge batch and freezes them portion bags. Great at Xmas with Champagne