The Sweet and Sally Cocktail

Carla McDonald, founder and editor-in-chief of The Salonniere, shares her recipe for a Sweet and Sally Cocktail

Late summer’s elderflowers meet early fall apples in this sprightly mix. The Sweet and Sally Cocktail, an elegant, refreshing, and celebratory drink combines the best of summer and fall flavors, making it the perfect cocktail for Labor Day celebrations.

sweet and sally cocktail recipe
A jaunty Sweet and Sally Cocktail brightened with borage flowers

The Sweet and Sally Cocktail

Makes 1


  • 1½ ounces chilled Champagne
  • 1 ounce chilled St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • ½ ounce freshly pressed apple juice
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½ ounce club soda
  • Edible flowers for garnish


  1. Place the Champagne, St. Germain, apple juice, lemon juice, and club soda in a cocktail shaker with ice and stir gently.
  2. Strain the mixture into a Champagne coupe, and garnish with edible flowers.

By Carla McDonald, founder and editor-in-chief of The Salonniere

About The Salonniere

At its height, The Salonniere (“sal-on-yair”) was the nation’s leading website dedicated to the art of entertaining. Named for the 17th- and 18th-century women whose influential parties—called salons—introduced the power and delight of intellectually and culturally engaging social gatherings, The Salonniere was founded by Carla McDonald in 2013 to celebrate the universal joy of social revelry and the people continuing the tradition of hosting parties to support causes, advance ideas, and bring joy to others. Carla closed The Salonniere in May 2019.

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