Here are the best St Germain cocktail recipes for using this popular elderflower liqueur! The bottle is a must-have in your liquor cabinet.

St Germain cocktails

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!
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French gimlet

Top 10 St Germain Cocktails

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


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 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) St Germain
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice
  • For the garnish: lime wedge
  • Splash of soda water (optional)


  1. Add gin, lime juice, and St Germain to a cocktail shaker. Fill with a handful of ice and shake until cold.
  2. Strain into glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

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:

Last updated: May 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. Have you had a Maximillian’s Affair?
    It’s the drink that introduced me to cocktails and still my 1st favorite