St. Germain, Champagne or prosecco, and soda water. Lightly effervescent, slightly inebriating, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Fueled by the iconic elderflower liqueur, the St-Germain Cocktail embodies the spirit of low-alcohol conviviality prevalent throughout Europe. Light, floral, and refreshing, it’s a warm-weather go-to, easy in both execution and drinkability. 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.–Drew Lazor | Camille Ralph Vidal
St. Germain Cocktail
- 1 ounce St. Germain* or more, to taste
- 2 ounces dry sparkling wine
- 2 ounces soda water
- Lemon twist for garnish
*What is St. Germain liqueur?You can be forgiven for not ever having tasted St Germain liqueur. Unfortunately, we can’t be all 20s era, Champers swilling, Ritz hotel patrons. St. Germain is a delicate French bevvie, made from elderflowers. It has a lovely grapefruit, peach, and floral taste that works so well with the sparkling white wine of your choice. Elderflower blossoms are hand-picked in the late spring, adding romance to the aura of the lithe, lively spirit. It’s just the je ne sais quoi that your next cocktail needs.
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 and lemon as a long sipping drink over ice. The perfume of the elderflower really is very nice. This is a superb drink to share with friends.
Originally published December 8, 2017