Here are the best St Germain cocktail recipes for using this popular elderflower liqueur! The bottle is a must-have in your liquor cabinet.
Got a bottle of St Germain and not sure what to do with it? Here are all best St Germain cocktails to put it to use! This popular elderflower liqueur is a newcomer to the scene, but it’s a must-have in your liquor cabinet. It adds a unique floral essence to the finish of any drink! It also tends to make cocktails very drinkable, so watch out! They’ll go down fast!
Light, fruity or botanical flavors pair well with St Germain, like white wine, citrus, vodka, gin, and champagne. Here are our best St Germain cocktail recipes: you’ll find it adds that little “something” to drinks that just can’t be substituted.
And now, the best St Germain cocktail recipes!
More about St Germain
St Germain is a liqueur that’s made with elderflowers, the small white flowers of an elderberry plant. Here are a few frequently asked questions about this popular liqueur:
- What does St Germain taste like? The flavor is light, sweetly floral, and fragrant. It’s hard to describe until you taste it! It adds a unique smooth finish to the flavor of cocktails.
- When was St Germain invented? 2007. With such a vintage-looking bottle, it certainly seems like it has hundreds of years of history! Possibly invented by monks in the 1500’s? Nope, a guy named Rob invented it in the 2007. (Here’s the story behind it.)
- How do you say St Germain? First off, don’t say “Saint”. It’s actually pronounced “Sahn-jer-MAHN.” But however you want to say it to not sound too pretentious with your friends, go for it!
A French gimlet is a sophisticated St Germain cocktail with a spin on the classic! Three ingredients (St Germain, lime and gin) combine make this refreshing and chic drink.
- 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) gin
- 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) St Germain
- 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice
- For the garnish: lime wedge
- Splash of soda water (optional)
- Add gin, lime juice, and St Germain to a cocktail shaker. Fill with a handful of ice and shake until cold.
- Strain into glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Shaken
- Cuisine: Cocktails
Keywords: St Germain Cocktail Recipes, St Germain Gin Cocktail, French Gimlet
When to serve these cocktail recipes
All of these St Germain cocktail recipes are fun and celebratory, perfect for so many occasions! Here are some ideas on when to serve them:
- Dinner party drink
- Happy hour drink
- Bridal shower, bachelorette party, or girls night drink
- Christmas or holiday drink
- Romantic dinner drink
- For the champagne cocktail: Brunch drink (Mother’s Day, etc)
Last updated: May 2020
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.