Redheaded French Blonde

Hallelujah you guys, I’m emerging from hibernation after a crazy long cold snap here in Edmonton. The past two weeks have been so cold. I’m talking windchills of -50C cold. I basically stocked up on food and wine and hung out at home for a week, which means I’m now stir crazy and my kids are driving me nuts 😂.

One reprieve in my hibernation was a visit from Holly (@chandeliers.and.champagne) for a little cocktail creation date. We decided to bring a little taste of summer to our lives with a fresh, citrus drink that would be perfect on the patio (or in our case hiding behind frosty, snow-covered windows).

I’ve had a bottle of Lillet sitting in my liquor cabinet since the summer. I saw the aperitif popping up in a lot of different cocktail recipes and knew I wanted to play around with it and see what we could come up with. If you’re wondering what it tastes like alone, it was similar to a really sweet white wine. Definitely not something I’d want to drink on it’s own, but it was delicious in this cocktail, especially combined with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice!

This drink is a pretty stiff one, with three different types of liquor in it, but it was delicious and a perfect treat to get Holly and I through day 100 of being trapped inside with four kids three and under 🥶🥶🥶.

Redheaded French Blonde

Yields 2 cocktails

You’ll need:

1 oz elderflower liqueur – we used St. Germain

4 oz Lillet Blanc

2 oz dry gin – we used Bombay

4 oz fresh-squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit juice

2 dashes of orange bitters

1 sprig of rosemary and 1 lemon rind, to garnish

Ice, to shake

Directions:

Vigorously shake all ingredients (except for garnishes) in an ice-filled cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a small piece of lemon rind pierced with a sprig of rosemary. Enjoy, and call yourself an Uber if you’re drinking more than one 😉.

Xoxo Alex &Holly

Elderflower French 75

Summer is so close I can taste it, literally! In anticipation of my favourite season I’m launching a summer cocktail series with one of my besties, and my favourite blogger, Holly from Chandeliers and Champagne. If you don’t follow her yet, you’re missing out. She posts the most beautiful home and lifestyle content, and has the cutest little family.

To kick off our summer cocktail series we’ve perfected an Elderflower French 75. If you like prosecco cocktails you’re going to love this. It’s tart and refreshing, exactly what I look for in a summer drink.

This would be a perfect drink for a party since you can prep the first part of the cocktail and keep it in the fridge until your guests arrive, then top it off with the bubbly when you’re ready. No need to play bartender all night but you’ll still wow your guests with your hostess skills. Bridal shower season just got a whole lot easier!

This is a really simple cocktail to make, but packs a punch both in taste and show. The most important thing is to make sure you use fresh lemon juice. Sorry, but the bottled stuff just won’t cut it here.

Elderflower French 75

Yields 2 cocktails

You’ll need: 

  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz elderflower liqueur
  • 2 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • Prosecco or champagne to top, approximately 6 oz

Directions:

Mix gin, elderflower liqueur and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a champagne flute or coupe and top with chilled prosecco.

Hope you enjoy the first cocktail in our summer drink series, be sure to follow along on Instagram (@alexandtribe, @chandeliers.and.champagne) to see what else we come up with over the course of the summer and tag us in you pics if you recreate any of our cocktails. Cheers!