St. Germain is a distinct liqueur, also known as elderflower liqueur, with a sweet, floral fragrance and taste. Many people liken the flavor profile to chamomile or roses, but it’s made with elderflowers from France.
If you’ve never heard of this liqueur or love it and want more drinks with it, you can check out seven sweet and lush St. Germain cocktails below!
This liqueur is one of a kind, offering a subtle but distinct flavor that is hard to replicate.
Best St. Germain Cocktails
French 77 Cocktail
Maybe you’ve heard of the French 75 cocktail. This recipe plays on that drink, switching out the gin for elderflower liqueur. Instead of gin's sharp, herbal taste, you get a flowery, delicate flavor that pairs beautifully with lemon juice and champagne, served in a flute glass.
St. Germain Royal Spritz Cocktail
This cocktail fit for royalty has a floral and refined taste that will make you feel fancy! It uses St. Germain, Bombay Sapphire gin, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, and sparkling rose to create a pretty pink cocktail with a sweet and subtle flavor profile.
St. Germain Champagne Cocktail
This champagne cocktail is similar to the French 75 and French 77. It uses both gin and St. Germain, so you get the best of both cocktails. The combination of alcohol creates a sweet, earthy taste punctuated with a delightful bubbly texture from the champagne. This aromatic cocktail is delicate and brisk but still appropriate as a winter cocktail.
A Parisian Margarita
This simple cocktail recipe is a sophisticated twist on a classic margarita. It features traditional ingredients, like tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar, but it also includes St. Germain. The elderflower liqueur gives the margarita a more efflorescent taste that is refined and delicious. The floral notes highlight the sweetness of tequila you don’t normally detect in margaritas.
A French gimlet is the same as a classic gimlet, but it also includes elderflower liqueur. It combines gin with lime juice and elderflower liqueur to make a sweet but strong drink that hits your tastebuds perfectly. French gilets are a beautiful cocktail because they’re simple but full of flavor.
Elderflower Smash (St. Germain Cocktail)
The elderflower smash is a quintessential St. Germain cocktail. Anyone who appreciates elderflower liqueur should try it! It combines mint leaves, gin, elderflower, lemon, and bitters, for a complex balance of flavors. The bitters and elderflower liqueur combine to create a deep herbal taste that is woody and earthy.
Germain Elderflower Margarita
Another margarita recipe with St. Germain is this one, featuring simple syrup instead of agave nectar for a lighter and sweeter flavor. This recipe is refreshing and flowery, exemplifying how elderflower liqueur can change any cocktail to be sweet and florid.
Elderflower tends to be a hidden get in the world of alcohol, but it’s a wonderful ingredient for people who appreciate delicate flavors and herbal cocktails.
St. Germain is a dainty and subtle ingredient that can elevate almost any traditional cocktail. From margaritas to gimlets to spritzes, elderflower works well in everything!
If you love elderflowers, try all these drinks and see how versatile this liqueur is! And leave us a comment if you have a favorite elderflower cocktail recipe you want to share!
Best St. Germain Cocktails
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