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Cotswold Blonde

Cotswold Blonde

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Primary Ingredient: Freshly Squeezed Pink Grapefruit

A Brief History of a Cotswold Blonde

As with many cocktails there are non-alcoholic options designed to mimic cocktails which are at the forefront of the sober-curious movement.

A Cotswold Blonde is the non-alcoholic version of a French Blonde. Whilst the exact origins of the French Blonde are somewhat unclear, it is a modern cocktail that seems to have emerged from the craft cocktail movement in the early 21st century. The drink is often appreciated for its use of elderflower liqueur, a component that gained significant popularity in the late 2000s. 

The French Blonde embodies the innovation of contemporary cocktail culture while paying homage to classic French ingredients and flavours.

The Cotswold Blonde is the creation of Jason Stephenson - Head of Mixology at Cotswold Cocktail School at the request of Sian and her hens!

Taste and Flavour Profile

The Cotswold Blonde offers a complex flavour profile and features the smooth, floral notes of elderflower and citrusy sweetness of pink grapefruit.  

Food Pairings

With its floral and citrus notes, makes a Cotswold Blonde a perfect match for light appetisers, such as smoked salmon canapés or goat cheese crostini. Also complementing seafood dishes beautifully.

Bar Equipment 

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Coupe glass 
  • Jigger
  • Hawthorne strainer & fine mesh sieve 
  • 40ml Non-alcoholic white wine
  • 10ml Elderflower cordial
  • 45ml Freshly squeezed pink grapefruit
  • 1.25ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Garnish: Grapefruit twist/Elderflowers


  • Add all the ingredients with ice into the shaker and shake until well cooled
  • Double strain into a chilled coupe glass
  • Garnish with a grapefruit twist or elderflowers 

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