Welcome Spring with the Celtic Blossom Cocktail

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The Celtic Blossom cocktail blends the smooth and slightly sweet notes of Irish whiskey with the floral hints from the St. Elder elderflower liqueur and the bitter, herbal flavors of Aperol. The addition of lemon juice adds a necessary acidity and brightness, balancing the sweetness, while the orange bitters give a subtle depth of citrusy spice. The simple syrup is there to smooth out the edges if needed, especially if you prefer a sweeter taste.

Serve this cocktail on the rocks; it’s refreshing, with a complex flavor profile that’s both balanced and intriguing, suitable for a relaxing evening or a casual gathering. You can also top up the drink with club soda for a lighter, more effervescent cocktail. Slainte!

The Celtic Blossom Cocktail

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  • 1.5 ounces 1.5 Black Bush Irish whiskey

  • 0.75 ounces 0.75 St. Elder Elderflower liqueur

  • 0.5 ounces 0.5 Aperol

  • 0.5 ounces 0.5 lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

  • 0.25 ounces 0.25 simple syrup (optional, adjust based on your sweetness preference)

  • 1 dash 1 Orange bitters

  • Club soda (optional, for a lighter version)

  • Ice for mixing and serving

  • Lemon twist or orange peel for garnish


  • Mix the Ingredients: In a cocktail shaker, combine Irish whiskey, elderflower liqueur, Aperol, lemon juice, simple syrup, and orange bitters. Fill the shaker with ice.
  • Shake: Shake well until the mixture is well chilled, about 15-20 seconds.
  • Strain: Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass filled with fresh ice. A rocks glass works well for this.
  • Top Up: Optionally, top the drink with a splash of club soda if you want a lighter, more effervescent cocktail.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a lemon twist or an orange peel to enhance the citrus notes.



  • Pro tip: a little saline solution can soften the bitterness of the Aperol and accentuate the floral notes of the elderflower liqueur. It can also enhance the underlying flavors of the whiskey. Just a drop or two should be sufficient; you want to enhance the flavors without making the drink noticeably salty.

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