Champagne & St. Germain
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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