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Elderflower & Grapefruit Aquavit Sour

Amy Traynor
This light spring cocktail features the Scandanavian herbal spirit aquavit alongside elderflower liqueur and freshly squeezed pink grapefruit and lemon juices.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 1.5 oz aquavit (I used Ahus Akvavit)
  • 1 oz fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz elderflower liqueur (I used St. Germain)
  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .25 oz simple syrup


  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill it ¾ with ice.
  • Shake until chilled (about 12 seconds) and strain into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist and an edible spring bloom, if desired.


Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Combine the sugar and water in a jar and stir until the sugar has dissolved, about two minutes. For an even quicker syrup, use hot (but not boiling) water. 
  2. Store leftover syrup in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
For more on simple syrup and every other kind of syrup, check out my Ultimate Guide to Cocktail Syrups.
Keyword aquavit, elderflower, grapefruit, simple syrup, spring cocktails
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