Once upon a time, a dear friend of mine introduced me to St. Germain, and I can honestly say my life has never been the same. It makes every drink feel a bit fancier, and that, my loves, is something I can totally get behind. So when April of April Flowers sent over this shoot captured by Shannon Moore Photography complete with three delicious recipes? Let’s just say I may or may not have tried them out pre noon, don’t judge – they are delish!
The Original St-Germain
2 parts Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine
1 1/2 parts St-Germain
2 parts club soda
Method: Stir ingredients in a tall ice-filled Collins glass, mixing completely. Garnish with a lemon twist.
The St-Germain Shandy
5 parts Pilsner Beer
1 1/2 parts St-Germain
2 lemon wedges
Method: Stir ingredients together in a pint glass filed halfway to the top with ice. Squeeze two lemon wedges and submerge into glass.
The St-Germain Sangria Flora
1 bottle Savignon Blanc or Dry White Wine
1 cup St-Germain
2 fresh peaches
5-6 fresh strawberries
6 fresh raspberries
1 bunch fresh grapes
Method: Stir ingredients into a pitcher or carafe. Soak for approximately 15 minutes. Serve in an ice filled glass. Garnish with fresh fruit.
From April Peet of April Flowers…Every year when May rolls around I always sense a yearning for summertime….the warm nights, cold+crisp drinks and BBQ’s nearly every weekend. Seems as though I can’t wait for June to roll around and show it’s warm sunny face. When the days+nights finally warm up sometimes nothing is better than a cool drink, a yummy dinner and time spent with friends.
One of my favorite spirits to serve friends+family is St-Germain, a delicate and slightly sweet French elderflower liquor. The smell reminds me of honeysuckle and the flavors are reminiscent of the juiciest, most delicious peach you’ve ever had. St-Germain, although slightly sweet, is versatile and can be paired with so many other flavors for combinations that will surely knock anyone’s socks off.
Here are three of my all-time favorite St-Germain recipes; The Classic St-Germain, The St-Germain Shandy (for the fellas) and the St-Germain Sangria Flora (just the most gorgeous drink you’ve ever seen). Set the ingredients out and let your guests mix their own or use these recipes as ‘signature cocktails’ at your wedding or bridal shower.
ST-Germain also has the very best website with over 40 recipes suitable for everyday, special occasions or weddings (there’s a whole page devoted to lovely mixes that would be great for weddings!). See more at www.stgermain.fr! Cheers to summer+cold refreshments!