If you’re going down a rabbit hole looking for a new drink to try, this Red Queen cocktail will whisk you away to an enchanted place.

And who wouldn’t want to go somewhere enchanting right about now?

But not to worry! While Lucy from Supergolden Bakes named this drink for the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland, a sip (or more) of this drink won’t make you smaller. And no one will yell, “Off with her head!” either.

Instead, you’ll enjoy more of a whimsical adventure rather than a psychedelic trip.

The best part?

With just five ingredients, this drink will be in hand in less than 2 minutes.

Simple to Make−The Red Queen

Get the recipe from: Supergolden Bakes

A gin-based drink, The Red Queen adds a bit of whimsy to your happy hour with the addition of St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur.

So, what is Elderflower liqueur?

Made from the small, white flowers of the elderflower bush, this liqueur possesses a slightly floral bouquet and tastes a bit like pear. It does have a mild perfume smell out of the bottle, but that doesn’t translate to the taste. After all, no one wants to drink perfume.

What you do get from the Elderflower liqueur is a slightly floral, fruity flavor that works wonderfully with gin.

The Red Queen ingredients

Four things to know about The Red Queen Cocktail recipe:

  • This is one of the quickest cocktails to make. It takes less than 2 minutes to get this cocktail in your (or your guests’) hands. Measure. Shake. Pour. Those are the steps.
  • Adjust the amount of St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur to taste. Elderflower liqueur can be an acquired taste, so you may want to start out with a smaller amount, taste the cocktail and add more Elderflower liqueur until you get the desired balance.
  • This cocktail is a great option for a big batch drink. You can mix the ingredients together in a pitcher to have on hand. Then all that you need to do is fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the pre-mixed cocktail, shake, and pour.
  • For a festive touch, use sparkling/sugared cranberries for garnish (see below). To make the sparkling/sugared cranberries, soak the cranberries in simple syrup* overnight, then drain and coat them with sparkling/sanding sugar. You’ll want to pick through and find similarly-sized cranberries. I had silver cupcake gems on hand, so I used those. They were a bit big, but they still brought the sparkle!

*Simple Syrup: Combine equal parts (typically 1C each) sugar and water in a saucepan and bring it just to a boil. The sugar should be fully dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely before using. You can store simple syrup in an air tight container for 3-4 weeks.

The Red Queen Cocktail