I absolutely must start today’s happy hour by toasting the most amazing friends a woman can have. Here’s to Micah, who drove 75 miles south to so I could load up his pickup and then drove it back the 75 miles to DC! Here’s to Blair, who somehow convinced his lovely pregnant wife to let him escape for the day to help me move! To Ruth – who not only helped me move, but stuck around long enough to take me to Ikea, pick up my couch, and then help me put it together! To the world’s most amazing friends – HERE! HERE!
This past Saturday was my move day and it was a really long day. I was up at 7am and didn’t crawl back into bed (in a new state – well D.C. isn’t really a state) until just after midnight. And, like many a person settling into a new place, I needed to make an IKEA run before I’d even taken off my shoes. Luckily, Ruth was willing to stick around and let me use their HUGE truck (seriously, this is the first vehicle since I was 8 that I actually had to climb into) to bring my new couch home. I got doubly lucky when they stuck around to help me put it together. For the record – this means that Ruth and I drank wine and the boys interpreted the Swedish stick figures. It was an equal distribution of work.
While waiting in the checkout line at Ikea, I decided it was high time I buy a bottle of their Elderflower syrup. I’d first learned that Ikea had an elderflower syrup from the Kitchn, but I never managed to pick up a bottle. At first I had asked Ruth, who was standing in line with me, to grab a bottle. Of course, not surprising for Ikea, the label threw us off because it called it concentrate instead of syrup. A quick glance at the ingredients though revealed it was nothing more than a flavored simple syrup and I was ready to buy a bottle each for Ruth and I.
So, in honor of my new Ikea couch and my amazing friends, here is my first recipe with the elderflower syrup: The Elderflower Fizz.
1 healthy shot of of Hendricks gin
1 teaspoon elderflower syrup, approximate
squeeze of ¼ of a large lemon (plus more as garnish)
Shake Hendricks, lemon juice, and elderflower syrup over ice until the sides of the shaker frost over. Strain into a highball glass with a few ice cubes. Top with club soda and a lemon garnish. Sip and unpack.