The thought of spring finally being just around the corner puts me in the mood for brightly colored cocktails and fancy floral flavors! This Jasmine Elderflower Daiquiri combines those two things with a blend of white rum, elderflower liqueur, blue curacao, fresh lime juice, and jasmine flower water.
What is jasmine flower water?
A while back, in pursuit of interesting new ways to incorporate floral flavors into my drinks, I came across Fee Brother’s Jasmine Water. If you take a look at recent reviews for it on Amazon, it seems there have been some potency issues, however, the bottle I purchased from another online retailer does have a lovely jasmine aroma. It’s not nearly as powerful as your typical bottle of rose water or orange blossom water, so you can use a bit more and not worry about overpowering the cocktail. Jasmine flower water is typically jasmine essence diluted with water, plus or minus a mild preservative.
To be clear, true floral waters, known as hydrosols, are the by products of steam-distilled essential oil production, and are the purest form of scented waters. However, these are fairly rare and expensive, and not always made for use in food and beverages. The average floral waters sold at grocery stores and specialty shops are little more than water with food-grade fragrance or flavor added. But not to worry, they can still be very tasty and add just the right nuance to cocktails like this!
How to make jasmine sugar for the rim
I made a jasmine sugar rim for half of my glass to enhance the subtle jasmine aroma and flavor. This is optional, but very easy to do. Simply add several dashes of jasmine flower water to a small shallow dish of white sugar (about a few tablespoons). No need for exact measurements, just add some jasmine water and toss the mixture until it’s mildly fragrant (but not wet!) Then, run a lime wedge along the outside edge of half of your coupe glass. Dip that edge into the jasmine sugar, being careful not to get any sugar on the inside of the glass. Gently shake to remove any excess.
Ingredients in a Jasmine Elderflower Daiquiri:
- White rum
- Elderflower liqueur
- Blue curacao syrup (or liqueur, they should be equal in sweetness)
- Lime juice
- Jasmine flower water
If you want to try another jasmine cocktail, one of my most popular recipes is my Raspberry Jasmine Green Tea Paloma.
Jasmine Elderflower Daiquiri
- 2 oz white rum (I used Copalli Rum)
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1/2 oz elderflower liqueur (I used St. Elder)
- 1/4 oz blue curacao syrup (I used Cocktail Artist)
- 3 dashes jasmine flower water (I used Fee Brothers)
- Rim a coupe glass with jasmine sugar (see Notes).
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill 3/4 with ice.
- Shake until chilled, about 12 seconds.
- Strain into the jasmine sugar rimmed coupe glass and garnish with an edible flower, if desired.
- 3 tbsp white sugar
- 5 or more dashes jasmine flower water
- In a shallow dish, combine a few tablespoons of white sugar with a several dashes of jasmine flower water and mix well.
- Use a lime wedge to moisten half of the rim of the coupe glass. Dip the outside edge of the glass in the jasmine sugar, and gently shake to remove any excess.