Almost 50 years ago, hippies came together to celebrate the season of Aquarius and love, gathering in Upstate New York for an unforgettable “love-in.” In honor of those hippie grandparents, a concoction of psychedelic proportions, the Elderflower Martini. A careful balance of sweet and sour, with a perfumed essence not unlike the air at Woodstock 50 years ago… potent, but without feeling so… and safer than licking blotter acid…

Ladies and gentlemen, the Elderflower Martini…

3 oz. London Dry Gin (I actually used Plymouth to enhance the floral essence)

3/4 oz. Dry Vermouth (I used Dolan, again to emphasize flowers)

3/4 oz. Elderflower Liqueur

3/4 oz. Crème de Violette

Shake with crushed ice until very cold. Strain and garnish with an orange peel, if necessary. I added a dash of orange bitters to give the cocktail an edge.