Style + Happy Hour

Happy Hour: Elderflower, a Spirit for Everyone

When I first moved to D.C., I took a job in a local restaurant kitchen.  The owner’s sister was our head bartender, and she was the first person to introduce me to St. Germain elderflower liqueur.  I loved the slightly sweet herbal flavor.  Ordering champagne with elderflower, I felt so impossibly grown up. (Or at least as grown-up as one can feel at 22.)

This Elderflower Ginger Fizz comes to us from Country Living magazine.  It has just a handful of ingredients — St. Germain, champagne, ginger syrup, lemon juice and maraschino cherries.  It’s a simple pour and shake cocktail.

For the ginger syrup, you can make your own or you can buy it.  Making your own ginger syrup isn’t difficult, and you can use to sweeten tea or to make your own ginger ale.  This Pratt Standard syrup is a nice option, it isn’t too sweet.

This Banana Republic dress is the perfect fall frock.  The material is primarily cotton and nylon with a bit of wool.  It’s impossibly soft, very comfortable, and a nice piece for casual Friday, weekend wear, or even a relaxed dinner date.   It also comes in petite and tall.

I own the ivory, but it also comes in black, olive, and pink.  I’ve worn it twice already, and it’s going to be a favorite piece (esp. when paired with these BR boots).  If you need a less expensive version, this NY & Co. dress is a nice option.

Not in love with the turtleneck?   This crewneck ribbed sweater dress is pretty fabulous.  I love the emerald green color.

Plus-size?  This Land’s End dress and BP. dress are worth a look.

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  1. Colleen says:

    How many turtleneck sweater dresses are too many? Asking for a friend…

    But seriously. They’re such easy pieces, are so versatile for fall/winter, and I feel instantly put together when I wear them. (I mean, “my friend” does.)

    October 18, 2019/Reply
  2. Jen says:

    LOVE St. Germaine.

    A more price-point friendly elderflower liqueur found at many shops is La Fleur. Same flavor if you’re mixing it, about 1/3 price.

    My favorite with this is the French Gimlet. No gin for you, but for others it is always a hit.

    October 18, 2019/Reply
    • Erin says:

      Thatcher’s also makes a cheaper version that is just as good IMO.

      October 19, 2019/Reply
  3. Emily says:

    Love the cocktail, love the dress, love the boots. Thanks for a great Friday post.

    October 18, 2019/Reply
  4. CL says:

    Do tell more about this time of your life! I’ve been envious of your sophisticated cocktails – i can pretty much only open a bottle of wine,

    October 19, 2019/Reply
    • Belle says:

      It’s a fun way to spend a Friday night. Just invite a friend or two, have them bring an ingredient and make a couple of drinks. Cocktail shakers are so cheap now on Amazon, it’s a pretty easy thing to learn.

      October 19, 2019/Reply