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St. Germain Cocktail

The St. Germain cocktail truly is a conundrum: it feels like a classic, but with a modern and contemporary twist. It has an incredibly complex flavor profile considering it’s only made from three ingredients.

The St. Germain Cocktail served with lemon garnish

However, it’s the elderflower liqueur that truly gives this cocktail the subtly delicate and sweet taste that is also remarkably versatile. In fact, it fits as well with vodka as it does rye whiskey, which is why it’s often known as “the bartender’s best friend.

History of the St. Germain Cocktail

Liquor pioneer Rob Cooper created his own exclusive brand of Elderflower Liqueur in 2007. It’s made from fresh elderflowers handpicked every year in late spring. There’s only a two or three-week window, so speed is of the essence when it comes to making this delicate botanical liqueur.

Over 1,000 fresh elderflower blossoms go into one bottle! While many people tend to associate Elder trees with the English countryside, the elderflowers in this liqueur actually come from France.

When the elderflower liqueur was launched, Simon Difford created the delicious cocktail, also known as the Elderflower Spritz. The contemporary recipe calls for sparkling wine or Champagne, but the original recipe created by Difford called for Sauvignon Blanc.

Either choice works well, as the delicate elderflowers give the effervescent wine a lightly sweet and floral taste. This liqueur is also a beautiful golden yellow color, which is naturally derived from the elderflower pollen.

How to Make a St Germain Cocktail

It doesn’t take much to make this cocktail—it’s so good, you’ll be reaching for seconds. The fancy liqueur is what really makes it pop with light floral flavorings from the tiny white elderflowers.

The St. Germain Cocktail served with lemon garnish

St. Germain

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

St. Germain cocktails are effortless to make: no vigorous shaking or stirring required; just combine the ingredients in a chilled Collins glass and garnish with a lemon or lime twist.


  • 11 ½ oz elderflower liqueur
  • 2 oz Champagne or dry white wine
  • 2 oz club soda
  • Garnish with a lemon or lime twist


  1. Gather your ingredients and fill a Collins glass with ice
  2. Add the elderflower liqueur and wine/Champagne and lightly stir
  3. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon or lime twist
  4. Serve immediately, sip, and enjoy immensely

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No matter what kind of mixed drink you’re looking for, this one checks all the boxes: it’s light, sweet without being sugary, has subtly complex flavor notes, and most of all, it’s downright delicious. Try this cocktail next time you want a contemporary classic!

St. Germain Cocktail
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Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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