According to the director of the adult beverage program at Rancho Valencia, a five-star luxury resort and spa, St-Germain is the "bartender's ketchup," so naturally, we had to find out more about this secret cocktail ingredient. If you aren't familiar, St-Germain is a liqueur made with handpicked elderflower blossoms in France. So if you're looking for a super-fragrant, sweet spirit to elevate your home bartending skills, this is it. Oh, and the chic art deco–inspired bottle is pretty enough to display out in the open.
Though it pairs well with pretty much everything, from sparkling wine to hard liquor over ice, there are a few cocktails that make it especially enjoyable. Plus, they'll definitely impress guests since St-Germain introduces some artisanal flair without making you work too hard behind the bar. To start mixing some professional-tasting aperitifs with this floral, delicate, and versatile liqueur, scroll through the five St-Germain cocktail recipes below.
With the holidays just around the corner, we're excited to practice making bright and merry cocktails. This pomegranate spritzer from Minimalist Baker is the perfect place to start, and it's tasty and refreshing enough to enjoy all year long. It isn't too sweet, but the more you pour, the sweeter it'll taste. Club soda, a little sparkling wine, and pomegranate juice are all it takes.
Mint Elderflower Spritzer
Super light and refreshing, this is the perfect cocktail to enjoy before dinner or during happy hour. With fresh and aromatic muddled mint, a hint of St-Germain, mineral water, and sparkling wine, we'd be more than happy to make a toast with Mitzy at Home's version of the Hugo.
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Strawberry Melon Pimm's Cup
This St-Germain cocktail recipe is brought to us by Half Baked Harvest and gives a fruity twist to the gin-based Pimm's cup. Elderflower liqueur is the perfect thing to pair with this adult and gourmet version of fruit punch. We'd enjoy this for dessert and happy hour alike.
We've never tried a Parisian margarita, but this photogenic pink cocktail is about to change that. The recipe from Oh So Beautiful Paper calls for a few simple ingredients: agave nectar, St-Germain, lime juice, and tequila. This cocktail is also proof of how transformative stylish and charming barware can be.
Spiked Cherry Soda
This cocktail recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon will allow you enjoy your favorite childhood soda while also making it age-appropriate. Sip on this spiked cherry soda next time you're craving something with sweet and tart cherries balanced by a bite of ginger and silky St-Germaine liqueur.
How do you like to use St-Germain at home? Share your cocktail tips in the comments below.