Saint Germain is our new go to for a great cocktail on a girl’s night out or a nice dinner date. The Elderflower adds a warm floral fragrant taste to cocktails of choice whether it be a glass of champagne, a martini, or even quiet simply some vodka and club soda. It releases sweet and aromatic flavors that hint of pear and lychee.
Saint Germain is made from flowers that are gathered from the hillsides in the French Alps during approximately a 4-6-week time period in spring. The picked and gathered flowers are then taken by bicycle to a collection depot where they are immediately macerated to preserve the fresh flavors of the bloom. Extracting the flavors of this flower is not an easy process and is kept close to the source to prevent releasing ancient family recipes.
The following is a compilation of some of our favorite Saint Germain cocktail recipes.
This first one might just be our favorite since this recipe calls for a little bit of juniper berries to liven things up!
St. Germain Lavender Gin and Tonic
A Spanish-style fusion Gin and Tonic that pairs Scottish Hendrick's gin with French St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, lavender and orange bitters.
2 large ice spheres
2 ounces gin, we prefer Hendrick's for this cocktail
3/4-ounce St. Germain
6 juniper berries
1 3" strip of lemon or orange zest
6- 8 ounces good quality tonic water. We love FeverTree
Orange bitters to taste
Lavender bitters to taste
A sprig of lavender and rosemary to garnish
Instructions: Put two large ice spheres in an oversized glass. Gently pour in the gin and St. Germain. Add the juniper berries.
Using a paring knife, cut off a strip of orange or lemon zest over the glass. Rub the rim of the glass with the zest and put it into the glass. Slowly pour in the tonic water. Finish with a few drops of both orange and lavender bitters. Garnish with a sprig of lavender and rosemary.
You can use either lemon or orange zest for this cocktail, but we think orange zest goes really well with lavender and St. Germain.
Important tip! Go easy on the lavender. Start with a couple drops. Too much lavender and your drink will taste soapy.
The rest are extremely simple and even easy enough to make on your own. What one will be your favorite? Snatch up the ingredients so that they are close at hand for drop in guests.
The St Germain Cocktail
2 shots Champagne or Sauvignon Blanc
1½ shot St Germain
2 shots sparkling water or club soda
Instructions: stir ingredients in a tall ice filled Collins glass mixing it completely. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.
The English Garden
2 shots Bulldog Gin
2½ shots pressed apple juice
1 shot St Germain
½ shot freshly squeezed lime juice
Instructions: shake all ingredients and strain into an ice filled glass and garnish with slices of cucumber and apple.
The Pear Tree Martini
1½ shots pear vodka
1½ shots of St Germain
¼ shots fresh lime or sour mix
Instructions: shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a slice of pear
The French Gimlet
2 shots vodka or gin
1¼ shots St Germain
½ shot fresh lime
Instructions: pour all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with lime
The Saint Rita
1½ shots Partida Tequila Blanco
1½ shots St Germain
¼ shot of freshly squeezed lime juice
Instructions: shake all ingredients with ice and pour into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge (salted rim optional)