Champagne & St. Germain

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Listen up lushes, St. Germain is hot right now.  So far in 2012, Champagne & St. Germain is hands down my favorite cocktail.  I first tried it at the suggestion of Justin, one of the managers of Lüke on the San Antonio Riverwalk.  Justin knows I love champagne and told me to trust him.  I am so glad I did.

St. Germain liqueur is named for a delightful neighborhood in Paris, St. Germain des pres, and is made from elderflower blossoms that grow on the foothills of the alps.  It has a gorgeous floral and slightly citrusy scent.  I swear, if there were a perfume that smelled exactly like St. Germain, it would be my signature fragrance.  I’ve considered rubbing a bit on my wrists and behind my ears… but I don’t want to smell boozy, so I haven’t actually done this.

The liqueur is very sweet, so it compliments a dry champagne nicely.  I think a sweeter sparkling wine like a prosecco would almost be too sweet to pair with St. Germain, for may palate at least.  I make this cocktail by pouring 1/3 an oz of St. Germain in the bottom of a champagne flute then topping with chilled champagne.  If you’re fancy, garnish with a lemon twist.  I’m not fancy.

I was at a function this past weekend and ordered a champagne & St. Germain at the bar.  Three ladies behind me inquired what it was, after I described it to them they told the bartender, “we want what she’s having.”  Cheers, anonymous ladies at the Westin La Cantera hotel bar!

And cheers to my readers!  I highly recommend you pick up a bottle of St. Germain next time you’re at the liquor store.  There are tons of different cocktails you can make with it (how yummy does a Left Bank Martini sound?).  I can’t wait to start experimenting!

 

 

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8 Responses

  1. Ally Garner says:

    That sounds lovely! We’re throwing an Oscar Viewing Party next week and this may be a late entry to our cocktail menu. I was thinking of doing a champagne bar anyways. Hmm. Thanks for sharing!

    • elizabeth says:

      Oooh I love a good Oscar viewing party, I’m sad I’ll miss it this year because I’ll be on a plane headed home from a trip for work.

  2. champagne + st. germain is a lovely cocktail. yum! + i agree with ally that it would be a great addition to an oscar-viewing cocktail party.

  3. Shannon says:

    We LOVE St. Germain in my household as well! Our favorite is a French Bulldog: 1.5 parts gin, 1.5 parts club soda, 1 part fresh grapefruit juice, 1 part St. Germain – Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, strain and serve in a martini glass. Fabulous! Though deceptively strong …

    • elizabeth says:

      How delicious does a French Bulldog sound? I adore grapefruit, and I can just imagine that the flavor would pair so well with St. Germain. I adore ACTUAL French Bulldogs too! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  4. victoria says:

    I’m also in love with this! had a sparkling cocktail recently at a sushi restaurant that had this + hendrick’s + aloe…it was so delicious. ps. thank you, above reader, I’m going to try a french bulldog next.

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