So I’ve had a slight obsession with St-Germain Liqueur for almost a year now. This French, elderflower delight never ceases to pleasure my palate with its flowery goodness.
One of the first things I do when I step into a bar when I’m in the mood for a cocktail is scan the bottle selection to see if they have this magical cordial. If so, one must immediately check the menu for any bartender specials containing St-Germain. If so, order it. Don’t hesitate. If not, check the knowledge of the barkeep and ask him to get creative and make you something delightfully refreshing. You won’t regret it.
My two favorite ways to enjoy St-Germain are the following:
THE OFFICIAL ST-GERMAIN COCKTAIL
2 parts Prosecco or Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine
1 1/2 parts St-Germain
2 parts Club Soda / S. Pellegrino Sparkling Water
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add Prosecco first, then St-Germain, then Sparkling Water (the order is key here to ensure the best experience so go with me on it!). Stir and garnish with a lemon twist to punch up the citrus flavor.
1) *Don’t put this drink into a shaker – it will fizz everywhere. Trust me.*
2) *Use Prosecco – I like the dryness this brings and it is much more financially feasible than alternatives – plus, a fair-priced Prosecco is way better than a cheap Champagne. Your head will thank me.*
THE CATHOLIC DRINKIE’S ST-GERMAIN COCKTAIL
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the above ingredients but STIR – DO NOT SHAKE or it will be make for some fun times. Stir and pour into martini glasses or champagne coupe glasses (my favorite cocktail glass).
If you become a St-Germain lover after trying one of both of these (I know you will), check out St-Germain’s great website which contains a lot of wonderful recipes for you to experiment with. Have fun and be sure to come back here or tweet me to let me know what you think! Cheers.