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Elderflower Vanilla Fizz

A Friday afternoon on April Fool’s Day seems like a good time to return to my earlier plan to write about liquor as the Data Driven Drinker. So I give you the elderflower vanilla fizz, or the Madonna. This cocktail uses local Vermont ingredients from St Johnsbury and Warren.

The elderflower rum gives a light semisweet flavor up front that compares favorably to a liqueur (e.g. St Germain) . The vanilla rum balances it out and shows on the finish. Vary the amount of ice and club soda according to taste.


1 ounce Dunc’s Mill Elderflower Rum
1 ounce Mad River Distillers’ Vanilla Rum
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
4 ounces club soda

Shake rum, lemon juice and simple syrup with ice and strain into a long glass over ice. Top with club soda and garnish with lemon slice.


Elderflower Vanilla Fizz

New: The Data Driven Drinker

I have not blogged much recently. My database work has been distracted by Java programming and a crash course in DevOps, leaving me with little worth posting that a tweet couldn’t exhaustively cover.

That changes now. Time for a new blog series that I will call The Data Driven Drinker. I will acquire, imbibe and comment on alcoholic beverages and I hope you will join me. Expect a focus on scotch whisky, on local (Vermont, USA) products and on everything else interesting I taste.