Sunday, September 13, 2009

St. Germain Champagne Cocktail

I was introduced to St. Germain liqueur recently and it was love at first sip. St. Germain is a french liqueur made from elderflowers harvested in the Alps during a brief harvesting season. I was familiar with the elderflower flavor because of the concentrate IKEA sells which makes refreshing sodas when mixed with sparkling water. If you haven't tried the IKEA elderflower concentrate, I highly recommend you get some immediately. Then, go and procure a bottle of St. Germain to round out your new elderflower existence.

I added St. Germain to a glass of champagne and garnished it with a strip of orange rind. For a simple cocktail, the taste is quite sophisticated and unusual. There are all sorts of cocktail ideas on the St. Germain website and I look forward to trying them all while imagining some French guy picking elderflower blossoms in the cool mountain air.

For 1 cocktail:
  • 1/2 ounce St. Germain
  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine
  • Orange Rind for garnish

Add the St. Germain to a champagne glass, pour the champagne over it, garnish with the orange rind. Simple, chic, very French.


Eric said...

I concur; these are awesome cocktails. Our friends, Kate and Martin, regularly serve these at their parties and the fourth one goes down as easily as the first.

Jen @ said...

Hi Erin!

I'm coming over from A Duck In Her Pond. I loved reading your spotlight!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Firefly said...

Erin, this sounds intriguing. I'm eager to try either the concentrate or the liqueur. I already know I love a teaspoon of rosewater in a glass of ice water or in sugar syrup for dessert, so I think elderflower needs to be my next discovery.

Anna said...

I've never tried this, the bottle looks like perfume :) I'll have to keep an eye out for it on my next trip to the store, thanks for the introduction!