Make It at Home: Diana Yen's Elderflower-Ginger Vodka Spritzer

To say that Diana Yen knows her way around the kitchen is an understatement. As the founder of The Jewels of New York, she has assembled a highly talented collective of chefs who can do more than just cook, from styling and shooting food to catering and consulting on recipes for the likes of Martha Stewart and Kinfolk. And now Lonny. To celebrate the release of Yen's new cookbook, A Simple Feast, we're posting original recipes by The Jewels of New York right here on So even if you're not a domestic diva, you can entertain like the best of them—starting with a light, refreshing cocktail to usher in the warmer weather.

Diana Yen's Elderflower-Ginger Vodka Spritzer |
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Elderflower-Ginger Vodka Spritzer
Makes 1 cocktail

Here's a crisp, floral tonic turned cocktail that's perfect for an outdoor gathering. Get the iPod cued up, invite over your nearest and dearest, and raise a glass to the colder weather being gone for good.

-- 2 ounces vodka
-- 1 tablespoon Elderflower Cordial
-- 1 tablespoon ginger simple syrup (recipe follows)
-- splash of fresh lemon juice
-- seltzer
-- flower petals to garnish

Add vodka, elderflower syrup, ginger syrup, and lemon juice to a glass. Top off with seltzer water. Finish each glass with a petal.

Diana Yen's Elderflower-Ginger Vodka Spritzer |
For the Ginger Simple Syrup:
-- ½ cup sugar
-- ½ cup water
-- 1 (4-inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add ginger; bring mixture to a simmer. Remove from heat, and let steep 30 minutes. Pour syrup through a fine sieve into an airtight container; discard ginger.
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