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 M 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.

jenjen 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!