6 Perfect Excuses For Using St-Germain In Your Cocktails
The elderflower makes quite an impact for being such a petite blossom.
Delicate and fragrant, the little white flower hits its peak the summer. That’s exactly when you should be pouring St-Germain into your cocktails.
Sure, you could serve it simply with sparkling water or Champagne. But you’d be surprised at how a nimble thread of elderflower liqueur can wake up rum, tequila and gin.
This piece originally appeared on Liquor.com.
Boat House Punch
Leave it to veteran mixtress Julie Reiner to create the ideal summer punch. Start with lemony oleo saccharum (don’t worry, it’s just lemon and sugar), then commence the long pours of gin, Aperol and St-Germain. Follow the booze with equal parts lemon, orange and grapefruit juices and gild the lily with a blitz of rosé Champagne.
Front Porch Swing
Welcome Sangria season with a bouquet of flowers. Thanks to a splash of St-Germain, this cool glass of floating fruit takes on a slightly more elegant vibe when combined with crisp white wine, cucumber vodka and fresh mint.
Skeptical about muddled kiwi? Any qualms will fade after one slurp of this fizz-addled glass of St-Germain, club soda, simple syrup and kiwi topped with brut sparkling wine. “Kwench” and repeat.
Think sugar snap peas and St-Germain don’t jive? This pale green beauty will let you down easy. Subtly sweet pea puree is the clincher, made with fresh peas, verjus, sugar and salt. That combination is then set in motion with blanco tequila, Combier, St-Germain and lime juice.
Choose a bright white wine like verdejo to blend into this summery highball. Shaken with watermelon juice, vodka, St-Germain and lime juice, the ruby glass boasts the same relaxation level you’d expect while floating down a lazy river via inner tube.
Consider this an instant air conditioner. Bury your nose deep inside the mint sprig garnish to commence the cooling effect, then take in the revitalizing blend of muddled cucumber, rum, St-Germain, lime juice and bubbly club soda.