I've always been intrigued when I see the St. Germain Cocktail listed on a drink menu. Imagine my delight when I recently saw the following bottle for sale. Not only the beautiful bottle of St. Germaine, but a beaker with the recipe for the St. Germaine Cocktail imprinted on the glass!
From their website:
The liqueur is made from elderflower, a small, white starry flower that blooms through the spring and summer. In Europe, the flower is used in many foods and drinks, but in the U.S. it’s gaining popularity in the form of this liqueur.
Saint Germain liqueur seems to bottle the taste of these warm floral notes. Still produced in an artisanal manner, the liqueur is made from flowers that are gathered from the hillsides in the French Alps during a short four-to-six-week period in spring. The picked flowers are bicycled to a collection depot (yep, bicycled) where they are immediately macerated to preserve the fresh flavors of the bloom. Extracting the flavors of this flower is not an easy process, and the Saint Germain company keeps theirs a family secret.
Each bottle of Saint Germain is individually numbered, reflecting the year in which the flowers were picked.
2 parts Brut Champagne or dry white wine
1 1/2 parts St. Germain liqueur
2 parts sparkling water
When one puts one’s name on something, that something must be perfect. This something is. Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Champagne first, then St-Germain, then Club Soda (the order is essential, not arbitraire). Stir completely and garnish with a lemon twist. And, if you have done all of the above perfectly, feel free to put your name on it, as well.