Cucumber-Elderflower Sparklers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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2 Persian cucumbers

Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime

3/4 cup elderflower liqueur (such as St-Germain)

Orange bitters

6 to 8 sugar cubes

1 750-ml bottle champagne or other sparkling white wine, chilled


  1. Grate the cucumbers on the large holes of a box grater into a medium bowl. Wrap the grated cucumber in a piece of cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel and squeeze the cucumber juice into a pitcher; discard the grated cucumber. Stir the lime zest and juice, elderflower liqueur and 5 or 6 dashes orange bitters into the cucumber juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve, at least 30 minutes.
  2. Drop a sugar cube into each flute and add a few dashes of orange bitters to each. Pour the champagne into the pitcher and stir. Pour into the flutes.