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Saturday, November 3, 2007

swallow this libra – elderflower pear cocktail


will she swallow or will she not? that is a question for libra… flirt extraordinaire punctuated by a zodiacal question mark. not only will this little vixen keep you guessing, but she’ll keep herself guessing too! this drink is named in her honor and for the devil’s advocate she plays in any given argument. doesn’t matter what she believes… she’ll choose the side not taken for the sheer fairness of giving both parties a judicious hearing. yup, she really will drive ya nuts in a debate, but take solace in that she does the same to herself, 24/7. Including what to drink, and when, and where, and how, and wether to swallow or not. the one thing she won’t ask is why. another drink? libra always says, why not!

the alluring sign of libra is ruled by the planet of beauty and love, venus. like all libras, who are usually a very attractive bunch, fruits and flowers under this planet are also exceptionally enticing. pleasing to look at, to smell, to swallow. the venusian pear and elderflower in this cocktail makes it quite intoxicating.


2 oz sake
1 oz freshly extracted pear nectar*
3/4 oz elderflower syrup*
1/4 fresh squeezed lemon

* (if pears are overly soft, a puree will work)

as soon as you juice the pears, add the lemon juice to preserve color as it will go brown very quickly. stir the pear juice, lemon, sake and elderflower syrup very well and pour into chilled cocktail glass. garnish with a kiss.

(recipe created by gwen sutherland kaiser)

i found making this to be a very VERY labor intensive proposition. and buggy as hell. seems not just libra’s like elderflower, but every damn bug in the insect kingdom too!
shake “ripe” flowers off bush into container. the ones that aren’t ready to fall will stay on bush. after you finish plucking out the critters, go to any one of the ELDERFLOWER SYRUP recipes below:



thanks to KALYN’S KITCHEN for hosting WEEKEND HERB BLOGGING #107.


mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac


  1. Thanks for the link. Amazing to think, as winter closes in here, that anyone can be making elderflower cordial at the moment – but geography was never my strong point šŸ˜‰


    Comment by Joanna — November 3, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

  2. joanna, geography might be your strong point! it is NOT elderflower season here, but i wanted to use the syrup in a recipe…

    Comment by Gwen — November 4, 2007 @ 12:31 am

  3. I love the idea of pears combined with gin, but I’m realizing I don’t really know what elderflower is. Fun to see you have found the syrup recipes on blogs of some friends!

    Comment by Kalyn — November 4, 2007 @ 12:35 am

  4. Thanks for the link (you could change it to the new one as I’m adding new recipes) – I like the idea of combining it with pears. Have you tried the cordial 50:50 with white wine? Very refreshing.

    Comment by Jeremy Taylor — March 25, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

  5. Ikea sells elderflower syrup, if you’re having a hard time locating the plant itself. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one.

    Comment by Ginger Partington — July 16, 2008 @ 7:32 am

  6. Would St. Germaine be a auitable replacement for the pear nectar and eldberberry syrup in this drink?

    Comment by cjwright — September 22, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

  7. hi cj! yea… it would taste just fine as a replacement for the pear and elderflower. the pear would add a nice ground though if you could keep it in. another awesome creation to use is SPARKLING sake instead of regular sake. sparkling sake, st germaine, lemon over ice would be delic!

    Comment by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac — September 22, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

  8. SPARKLING Sake?! How Libra!!

    Comment by cjwright — September 22, 2009 @ 6:50 pm

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