4 Splendid St-Germain Cocktails

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Toast the anticipation of Spring’s arrival with a variety of splendid St-Germain cocktails. Open a beautiful bottle of St-Germain, and you can smell the complex flavors of this refreshing liqueur. Hints of pear and citrus mix with lychee and elderflower are found in this delicate artisanal French liqueur.

St-Germain cocktails are the perfect way to welcome the season! It adds a delightful, sweet flavor that is hard to resist. Try our four recipes below; all twists on classic cocktails using this refreshing flavor. And, then find ways you can use it in your favorite concoctions. Get creative!

How It’s Made
The unique process of making elderflower cordial dates back to the late 19th century. According to legend, during the few weeks in spring when the elderflower was blooming in the foothills of the Alps, locals would pick the flowers and bicycle them into town, where they were used to make the liqueur. After three generations, the family still keeps the exact process under wraps.

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  These two St-Germain cocktails are perfect for those wanting something with a punch: a Spiced Pear Punch and a Traditional Elder-Fashioned.

Spiced Pear Punch
Makes 1 serving
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups ice
  2. 11/2 ounces pear vodka
  3. 1 ounce fresh orange juice
  4. 1/2 ounce St. Germain
  5. 1/4 ounce Angostura bitters
  6. Garnish: fresh thyme sprig
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine ice and remaining 4 ingredients. Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds. Strain mixture into chilled glass. Garnish with fresh thyme sprig, if desired.
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Traditional Elder-Fashioned
Makes 1 serving
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups ice, divided
  2. 2 ounces bourbon
  3. 1/2 to 1 ounce St. Germain
  4. Dash Angostura bitters
  5. Garnish: orange zest, cherry
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine 3 cups ice and next 3 ingredients. Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.
  2. Fill glass with remaining 1 cup ice. Strain mixture into glass over ice. Garnish with orange zest and cherry, if desired.
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Sweet and fruity, these St-Germain cocktails are for those looking for something a bit more delicate.

St. Germain Gin & Tonic
Makes 1 serving
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups ice, divided
  2. 11/2 ounces gin
  3. 1 ounce St. Germain
  4. 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  5. 4 ounces tonic water
  6. Garnish: grapefruit zest
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine 3 cups ice and next 3 ingredients. Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.
  2. Fill glass with remaining 1 cup ice. Strain mixture into glass over ice. Stir in tonic water. Garnish with grapefruit zest, if desired.
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The St. Rita
Makes 1 serving
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lime wedge
  2. Kosher salt
  3. 3 cups ice
  4. 2 ounces blanco tequila
  5. 11/2 ounces fresh lime juice
  6. 1 ounce St. Germain
  7. 1/2 ounce triple sec
  8. Garnish: lime slice
Instructions
  1. Rub rim of glass with lime wedge. Place salt in a shallow dish; dip rim of glass into salt to coat.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine ice and remaining 4 ingredients. Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds. Strain mixture into prepared glass. Garnish with lime slice, if desired.
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