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Where can I find Elderflower syrup?

Lori SF Jan 11, 2007 03:04 AM

NOPA makes a delicious Elderflower Gimlet and I want to try making it at home. Thanks

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    funmarysf Jan 18, 2007 12:01 AM

    I just saw some at Mocca, the French deli style restaurant in Maiden Lane in Union Square.

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      Shreesh Taskar Jan 17, 2007 06:57 PM

      Rainbow Grocery also has an excellent range. They stock several from d'Arbo, including Elderflower.

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        Dan Chow Jan 17, 2007 04:02 PM

        Berkeley Bowl carries a number of syrups, including elderflower.

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          Grubbjunkie Jan 16, 2007 07:59 PM

          So yesterday I picked up one bottle each of elderflower and lingonberry concentrate at Ikea in Emeryville. After a little experimenting, the following ratios worked out to our taste:

          1.5 parts vodka or gin, .5 part concentrate, and .5 part fresh lime juice, shaken over ice, strained into a martini glass and served with a lime twist.

          You can mix and match the alchohol and concentrate with interesting results. LoriSF was pleased with the vodka/elderflower, even if it wasn't exactly NOPA's drink. I don't normally like fruity cocktails, but I really enjoyed the gin/lingonberry combo. Regardless, it was a fun monday happy hour!

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          1. re: Grubbjunkie
            rubadubgdub Jan 25, 2012 10:33 AM

            I'm pretty sure anyone using elderflower in their cocktails is using St. Germain, the elderflower liqueur, rather than an elderflower simple syrup. Not inexpensive however, $36/bottle @ BevMo.

            1. re: rubadubgdub
              Robert Lauriston Jan 25, 2012 12:53 PM

              Great stuff. $32 at K&L.


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                bbulkow Jan 26, 2012 12:12 AM

                Why would you assume that? The stuff at Ikea is great in cocktails, and is non-alcoholic. They don't sell alcohol at Ikea.

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                  rubadubgdub Jan 26, 2012 10:06 AM

                  I meant for any drinks served at a bar. It's a commonly used spirit in many of the good cocktail bars in the city. Since OP wants to recreate the drink at NOPA, using the spirit instead of the simple syrup may give her the results she wants.

                  1. re: bbulkow
                    Robert Lauriston Jan 26, 2012 10:58 AM

                    The original post is from 2007, when St. Germain was a hot new thing among mixologists and not as well known or easy to find retail as today. That's probably what NOPA was using. And St. Germain is definitely an ingredient that will cause people to way, wow, what is that flavor?

              2. adampaul Jan 14, 2007 01:13 AM

                I can confirm that the Ikea in Emeryville has elderberry flower concentrate as of today, 13 Jan. Now for the fun to experiment how best to make an elderflower gimlet with it. It doesn't have the nice lavendar hue that NOPA's has, alas.

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                1. re: adampaul
                  Lori SF Jan 14, 2007 04:27 PM

                  fantastic thanks for the update. I will run in and run out of IKEA to get some. Be sure to use fresh lime juice too. Cheers

                  1. re: Lori SF
                    adampaul Jan 15, 2007 03:54 PM

                    I would never consider the sacrilege that is bottled lime juice for any purpose, much less a cocktail! :)

                    In case it's of use to folks, here's a SFGate article on gimlets, including a basic recipe:


                    1. re: adampaul
                      chefj Jan 25, 2012 06:24 PM

                      she said "fresh lime juice"

                2. Yaqo Homo Jan 12, 2007 12:15 AM

                  I bought some of that heavenly substance of Dean & Deluca here in NYC. But I suppose the closest D & D to your neck of the woods is in St. Helena

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                    Carciofi Jan 12, 2007 12:12 AM

                    Pretty sure I saw it recently at Lehr's German Specialties. 1581 Church St. @ 28th Street. San Francisco

                    1. Lori SF Jan 11, 2007 03:11 AM

                      wow IKEA I would of never thought of that. Thanks

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                        alag Jan 11, 2007 06:12 AM

                        I've bought it before at their Emeryville location.

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                          bbulkow Jan 12, 2007 02:07 AM

                          Ditto. I think I remember the party when we were mixing Ikea Elderflower with vodka. It was pretty good.

                      2. leanneabe Jan 11, 2007 03:06 AM

                        Do you have an Ikea near you? Our Ikea in San Dieo has Elderflower syrup.

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