St. Germain Cocktail

St. Germain, Champagne or prosecco, and soda water. Lightly effervescent, slightly inebriating, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Four tumblers filled with a cocktail and lemon peel sitting on a silver platter

This St. Germain cocktail is, in the words of its creator, an expression of “low-alcohol conviviality” of the sort that’s everywhere throughout Europe. You know, the sort of light, lovely, ever-so-slightly tipsy, effervescent conviviality defined by sitting a spell and chatting and not checking your text messages or your likes on Instagram while someone else is talking. Of course, we couldn’t pull our attention away from this cocktail even if we tried—or if we suddenly doubled our Instagram followers. But don’t take our word for it. Try it and see for yourself.–Renee Schettler Rossi

St. Germain Cocktail

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  • 1 to 1 1/2 ounces St. Germain
  • 2 ounces dry sparkling wine
  • 2 ounces soda water
  • Lemon twist, for garnish


  • 1. Combine all of the ingredients over ice in a Collins glass, highball glass, or glass tumbler.
  • 2. Stir gently and garnish with the lemon twist.
  • 3. Start sipping immediately (as if we had to tell you that!).

Recipe Testers Reviews

This St. Germain cocktail was totally easy peasy—easy to make and easy to drink. This is a wonderful cocktail! Cool and refreshing. Perfect for an afternoon in a hammock.

This St. Germain cocktail is a perfect summer cocktail with lovely floral notes from the St. Germain. It takes only a few minutes to assemble. I used a vegetable peeler to get that nice, wide slice of lemon zest.  

This St. Germain cocktail is a super straightforward and refreshing drink that got a thumbs-up from both of us. I hadn’t used St. Germain before but suspected the elderflower liqueur would work as I have used other elderflower cordials and syrups to flavor sparkling water. The combination of the dry sparkling wine and the St. Germain was lovely with the soda as a long sipping drink over ice. The perfume of the elderflower really is very nice. This is a nice drink to share with friends.


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