Very basic product plug here. St. Germain French Liqueur makes things taste good. It has a peculiar taste that the American palette has little experience with: elderflower blossoms. There aren’t that many foods here in the United States that have an elderflower flavor. At least not that many that this guy knows of. So what I’m saying is…you have to try it. Here are some St. Germain cocktails which are delicious.
These recipes were found on the St. Germain website and are probably copyrighted or something like that, so I’ll modify them somewhat:
St. Germain Cocktail
- 2 oz Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine
- 1.5 oz St. Germain
- 3 oz Seltzer Water*
- Lemon twist
Apparently this one is supposed to go into a Collins glass, and ice is strongly recommended unless you like room-temperature cocktails. I’ve choses ounces as my unit of measurement here. You can just as easily substitute ounces for deciliters or microgallons.
*This ingredient is slightly different! Now my recipe isn’t a copy! Reduce this amount for a more concentrated drink.
The St. Rita
- 2 cc White Tequila
- 1 cc St. Germain
- 1 cc Fresh Lime Juice*
You know what a margarita is supposed to taste like: sweet, sour, salty. This has all of that with the slightest hint of herbs which makes the agave-based tequila really scream “I AM INTERESTING DAMMIT!” Mix all this stuff together as you would any margarita and drink it fast. Wait.. no… enjoy it. St. Germain ain’t cheap and by today’s rates there’s about $1 worth in your glass. Sip it. Well have at least a few small and slow sips and then chug the rest and go for seconds.
*This is the secret different ingredient from the “official” recipe. Hint: I like my margarita’s sour, so this number is just a bit more sour than the the official amount listed.
St. Germain Shandy
- 1 bottle of pale lager*
- 2 oz St. Germain
- 1 Lemon Wedge
- 1 More Lemon Wedge
- 1 Additional Lemon Wedge
- Sprig of thyme**
Beer with ice? Ew. Pale lager with lemonade and herbs on ice? Yum. There’s one thing you need to know about a shandy: It’s beer that’s been diluted with lemonade. What is lemonade? Lemon juice that has been diluted with sugar and water. St. Germain is sweet, and pale lager is watery. Boom. Done. If you need assistance figuring out how to combine these ingredients, stop drinking and see a counselor.
*This is the secret ingredient. The official recipe calls for something slightly more specific, but most people wouldn’t notice the difference. It’s the St. Germain that matters here people!
**I actually added this to the recipe myself. I haven’t tried it yet, but I bet it would be really nice. Not to compete with the St. Germain, but to complement the lemon.
Give one of these recipes a shot and I guarantee you’ll be impressed. It’s delicious stuff and it can make boring drinks interesting. End product plug.