Champagne-Elderflower Cocktail with Pear and Thyme

Champagne-Elderflower Cocktail with Pear and Thyme |
  • Champagne-Elderflower Cocktail with Pear and Thyme
Posted on September 11, 2015

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Andre Champagne for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

When you reside in a seaside town, it’s ALL about the summer months. We live and breath by the summer here. The downtown shops and restaurants come alive. Tourism brings new faces and new opportunities. And we celebrate and enjoy all the amazingness that the beach and surrounding water has to offer.

Maybe that’s why I’ve been so resistant for summer to end.

This past weekend, I decided to give summer the proper send off it deserves. I gathered my close friends down at the beach and we had ourselves a little party complete with all the fixings, including this Champagne-Elderflower Cocktail with Pear and Thyme. It was a really fun (and at times epic!) event, and now I can confidently say that I’ve gotten out there and successfully enjoyed every last drop of summer.

There are a lot of things that can elevate an ordinary party into an extraordinary party. Great music, awesome snacks, a beautiful location and a specialty house cocktail are a few things that immediately come to mind. Carefully choosing all of these different elements, and thinking about how they will create a unified theme, is something that I really love about the art of party planning.

For this particular party, I knew that I wanted to make a cocktail that bridged the gap between summer and fall. Something that was still light and refreshing, but with hints of what’s to come. So I grabbed a couple bottles of Andre Champagne and got to mixing!

Champagne-Elderflower Cocktail with Pear and Thyme |

I decided to use Andre Extra Dry because it’s a bit on the sweeter side, which makes it a great cocktail mixer in my opinion. But if you prefer something less sweet, try a bottle of Andre Brut instead. You really can’t go wrong, no matter which one you choose.

For a fall spin, I played up the scent of pear in the Andre Extra Dry with a homemade pear and thyme simple syrup. Then I added a splash of elderflower liquor for a floral, summery note. All the flavors combine to create a cocktail that’s equally well suited to honor summer, all while welcoming fall with open arms. I hope you give it a try!

Champagne-Elderflower Cocktail with Pear and Thyme |

What was your most epic memory from this summer? And how have YOU made something #EpicWithAndre? I want to hear all about it!



P.S. Be cool. Drink responsibly. You know the drill.

Champagne-Elderflower Cocktail with Pear and Thyme

Champagne-Elderflower Cocktail with Pear and Thyme


  • For the Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 ripe pear, cored and chopped
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

  • For the Cocktails
  • Ice cubes
  • Pear and thyme simple syrup
  • Elderflower liqueur
  • Andre Extra Dry Champagne


  1. Make the simple syrup. In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the saucepan from the heat, cover and set it aside for about 1 hour to cool. This will also give the flavors time to further develop. Strain the simple syrup, collecting the liquid into a clean re-sealable container. Discard the solids. Store the simple syrup in your refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.
  2. Make the cocktails. Place a few ice cubes into a 6 ounce glass. Add 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) each of the simple syrup and elderflower liqueur. Top with Andre Extra Dry Champagne. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme, if desired. Serve and enjoy.

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  • These drinks are so stunning!


    • Thanks, Medha!

  • I love making cocktails with champagne, but I’ve definitely never tried elderflower! It’s Friday and I am totally wanting to sip on some of this goodness! pinned!


    • I know you’ll love it, Taylor!

  • Well your party sounded like a blast! I’m jealous! Nothing at all epic happened to me this summer… our move to NC ate away at every opportunity to really do summer up right. Thats okay, I will down my sorrows in a couple of these delicious Champs cocktails! These sound killer, Liz! Perfect way to end the week and kick off the weekend! Pinned!


    • Oh I hear that. Moving sucked up a lot of my time this summer too. Cheers, friend!

  • Now this is the perfect way to send off the summer! I love cocktails with champagne in them! And the flavors in here sound amazing! I’m totally craving this drink and it’s only 8am…but it is 5:00 somewhere, right? 🙂



  • I LOVE elderflower and champagne together and I love your fruity simple syrup to really step this up! Pinning and can’t wait to give it a try! Glad you were able to soak up every last bit of summer 😉 Cheers to a happy weekend!


    • Thanks so much, Kathryn!

  • Champagne cocktail? I’m IN! I love that you threw an end of summer party to commemorate the season. I think mine involves myself, baking 300 loaves of zucchini bread and trying to lay out in the last slivers of sun in my backyard 🙂


    • Oh yeah, I didn’t bake nearly enough zucchini bread this summer. Food blogger FAIL! I should get on that!

  • A bubbly drink is so the way to my heart….And…ANDRE! Sorry for shouting, but I lived on Andre in college, and somehow I’m still not tired of it….Serious swooning happening over here!


    • Aww..thanks, girl!

  • So pretty! Love your glasses!


    • Thanks, Amanda!

  • I feel your pain with not wanting summer to end Liz!! I am LOVING this cocktail! I LOVE St. Germain, so this is right up my alley! And the pear and thyme simple syrup sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!


    • Thanks, Mary Ann! I know you’re going to love this cocktail once you try it!

  • Liz, your end of the summer party sounded like it was fabulous! and I LOVE this Champagne-Elderflower Cocktail!!! Freaking love the pear and thyme! You have a way with cocktails my friend! Beautiful!


    • Awww…thanks, Alice! I’m really enjoying making cocktails lately. It’s so fun and I love that I can be creative and “play” a little bit!

  • Your weekend gathering sounds like just the right place to enjoy these cocktails, Liz! I’ve not tried a champagne cocktail yet, but I’m excited to give this and Andre a go. This sounds so delicious and refreshing, pear and thyme are BFFs ! Here’s to Summer, Liz and to this creative cocktail!


    • Yup, pear and thyme are two of my favorite flavors together. And I know you’ll love this cocktail once you give it a try!

  • Your end of summer party sounds like a great idea. And champagne cocktails – YES! There is a bar here that specializes in those bubbly concoctions – so now I’m excited to make yours for myself at home. The flavors sound perfect together!


    • A bar dedicated to champagne cocktails sounds like I place I want to go it! Ha! I hope you try out this recipe. Let me know if you do!

  • Whenever I go to a bar, I always ask them to make me something with elderflower liquor!! I love this recipe, and that I can make it at home too. Yum!


    • I am really loving elderflower liqueur lately too! I hope you try out the cocktail, Dani!

  • I’m just obsessed with these gorgeous pictures, Liz!! They are so pretty! And I bet this drink tastes as good as it looks 🙂 I’m always so jealous of your beach town fun, I bet it is pretty awesome to live right near the ocean, especially in the summer. I hope you ladies had fun!


    • Thanks for the awesome compliments, Izzy. We had a great time! 🙂

  • I love the sound of this, Liz! I would drink, like, seven of these …


    • They sure do go down easy!

  • Champagne cocktails are my favorite! I have a bottle of elderflower and wasn’t sure how to use it. Thanks for the great idea!


    • That’s awesome, Julie! I hope you try it out!

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