I am currently having a love affair with the Pacific Northwest (shh, don’t tell Ryan). And yet, I have never visited it. Living vicariously through blogs and books, I have eaten at Delancy, worked from The Brain, had coffee at Cafe Lago and arranged flowers with Chelsea Fuss.
However, I can never decide which town I would call home were I fortunate enough to move to this beautiful part of the world: Seattle, Vancouver, Forks? But today’s Behind the Bar has settled it for me. Home would be Portland, Oregon! I mean come on – how beautiful are these images?!? I wish I was there now sipping a Summer Elderflower at the bucolic Luscher Farm. Chelsea has raised the bar for our Behind the Bar and rocked it with this amazing libation. I love that I can sip it at lunch and then kick it up a notch at dinner (with a little gin). Thanks, Chelsea! Happy weekend & Cin Cin. – Alissa + Ryan
The full recipe is after the jump…
Summer Elderflower Drink
- 2 parts elderflower syrup (available at all IKEA stores and online at L’Epicerie)
- 2 parts club soda
- 1 lemon
- 1 bunch of mint
- 1 to 2 parts gin to taste (for an alcoholic version of the drink)
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add elderflower syrup and soda, and give a light stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint. Adding a refreshing gin (such as Hendrick’s gin) is a wonderful choice for an alcoholic version of the drink.
Why the Summer Elderflower Drink?
This is my favorite drink to bring on summertime picnics. In Europe and Canada, it’s easy to find elderflower drinks, but that’s not so much the case in Oregon where I live. And I don’t have access to a field of elderflowers to harvest (I wish I did!), as I hear they do in England. So for now, I just drop by IKEA and pick up a bottle of elderflower syrup. The drink is sweet, a little floral and very refreshing. I think it’s a romantic thing to drink on a hot summer day! Enjoy!
My friend Lisa Warninger took all these photos at my favorite Portland spot, Luscher Farm, a community garden and preserved family farm. Anna Allen made the dress I am wearing. These girls are two of my very favorite talents, so it made sense to bring them with me!
About Chelsea: Chelsea Fuss authors the popular lifestyle blog, Frolic!, which was named one of the top design blogs in the world by the London Times and has received press from the Wall Street Journal, Lucky, Domino and more. As a prop stylist and floral designer, Chelsea styles sets for product photography, books and catalogs and writes, styles and photographs for a variety of sites like Babble.com, Project Wedding, and My Wedding.com.