Saint Germain Cocktail

Meet my new favorite summer drink, a Saint Germain cocktail. A blend of St. Germain, (pronounced san-jer-man), white wine, and club soda, think wine spritzer, but better. Light, effervescent, and refreshing, this is a cocktail I have been sipping on all summer long. And the best part about this time of year, you can bend the rules a bit during the week, see a friend splurge on a cocktail (or two), and soak up all those revitalizing summer vibes around you.

St-Germain is far and away the most popular elderflower liqueur, chances are you’ve had it, but perhaps didn’t even know it. This is a very versatile spirit that mixes with everything from Champagne and white wine as well as gin, vodka, and whiskey. Elderflower cocktails are delightful to drink, perfect for any occasion, and a fantastic change from the ordinary.

Saint Germain cocktail

What is St. Germain?

If you’ve never had St. Germain, it’s an elderflower liqueur made from the small, white flowers of the elderflower bush. These blossoms are often handpicked and the liqueur is made with no preservatives or stabilizers (which means it really should be used in about 6 months for best flavor). St. Germain gave this little flower a global spotlight and a spirit that is now considered a “must-have” for any modern home bar.

Created in 2007, St. Germain was named after the St. Germain-Des-Prés area of Paris. It’s naturally flavored, and here’s a little fun fact for you, each bottle can contain up to 1,000 flowers. St. Germain tastes pleasantly floral, lightly herbal, and sweet without being sugary, and is surprisingly versatile and makes for dynamic, complex cocktails.

Saint Germain cocktail

Since elderflower liqueur is rather sweet, you can easily use it to replace other sweeteners in your cocktail recipes like simple syrup, agave, and maple syrup. Here I use a crisp, light-bodied wine to compliment the sweet notes of the St. Germain liqueur to create a well-balanced, but not too sweet, summer cocktail for sipping.

To clarify, elderflower liqueur is NOT the same as elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial. Both the syrup and cordial do not contain any alcohol.

Saint Germain cocktail

Elderflower Liqueur Brands

Picking the “best” brand of elderflower liqueur is difficult mainly because people’s taste buds vary greatly. Price-point can also be a factor. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur is probably the best-known brand and it happens to be my favorite. It is also one you can easily locate these days both in stores and online. Other notable brands are Chase Elderflower Liqueur and Bramleys & Gage Elderflower.

Saint Germain cocktail

Elderflower drinks are nothing new. Elderflower cordials and syrups have long made an appearance in drinks, both alcoholic and not. This is particularly true in the United Kingdom where the tiny white flowers flourish and homemade cordials are a summer tradition.

This Saint Germaine cocktail is incredibly simple and a great go-to for any warm summer evening, so no need to wait for the weekend to whip one up. And if you are feeling like bubbles, swap out the white wine for Champagne (just don’t shake it up when making it), both work perfectly in this delightful summer cocktail.

Saint Germain cocktail

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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