St. Germain Cocktail
Remember a few weeks ago when I sweet talked you into buying that fancy-looking bottle of St. Germain liqueur? It’s time to pull it out again, because we are making a St. Germain Cocktail! A blend of St. Germain, gin (or vodka), and lemon that’s topped with a bubbly pour of prosecco or champagne, this St. Germain cocktail is effervescent, refreshing, and the sort of drink I envision myself sipping on a classy patio on a postcard-perfect summer afternoon.
I’ve been making this cocktail ever since I impulse bought my first bottle of St. Germain. It’s super easy—we’re talking FOUR ingredients, with nothing you need to prep in advance—and makes any occasion feel extra special and classy. Even when I’m at my most disorganized in the kitchen, as long as I’m holding a glass with this St. Germain prosecco cocktail, I appear the picture of poise.
At 1.5 ounces of gin or vodka per drink, this St. Germain cocktail tends to make me feel like the picture of poise too.
Sip with caution. This St. Germain cocktail might taste like a light summer afternoon, but its contents are definitely fit for Friday night!
What Is St. Germain?
If you’ve never had St. Germain, it’s an elderflower liqueur. It’s pleasantly floral, lightly herbal, sweet without being sugary, and surprisingly versatile.
I’m never one to add a big, fancy bottle of alcohol to my home bar that I’ll only use once or twice a year. St. Germain is a special favorite, and I truly find myself using it often.
Most recently, I used it to mix up this St. Germain Margarita. At the holidays, this Cranberry St. Germain Cocktail is a favorite. When I’m in a hurry but still want something special for a party, I’ll make a Kir Royale, swapping St. Germain for the cassis.
My favorite, most often made St. Germain Cocktail recipe, however, is this one. It’s a riff on a French 75, a cocktail that can compete with this Skinny Margarita for the biggest piece of my thirsty heart.
Making This St. Germain Cocktail
A classic French 75 combines gin with champagne, lemon, and simple syrup. For today’s St. Germain Cocktail recipe, I swapped the simple syrup for St. Germain, which has enough of its own sweetness to make the simple syrup unnecessary.
Translation: we save a step AND have the pleasure of enjoying the light, refreshing flavor of St. Germain in a new way. I’ll drink to that!
My favorite way to make this recipe is as a gin St. Germain cocktail. Whether you are new to gin or it’s your go-to, I highly recommend making a Hendrick’s St. Germain cocktail. Hendrick’s is lighter than most gins and has cucumber notes that are a natural, beautiful pairing with St. Germain.
If you prefer a more juniper-forward gin like Tanqueray, that’s a great choice in this gin St. Germain cocktail too. It’s what I had in my cabinet the day I shot this recipe, so that’s what I used. It was every bit as delightful as I’d hoped it would be.
For those who are gin-shy or are looking for St. Germain vodka cocktails, you can use vodka in place of the gin. I like to let my guests take their pick and mix accordingly.
The bubbles make this St. Germain cocktail one of my favorite drinks to serve girlfriends, especially for brunch. The fact that it’s so fast to make also makes it one of my go-to choices when I’m hosting dinner parties.
If you’re looking for a brunch cocktail of your own (Easter brunch with bubbles anyone?) or a fun signature drink to make the special of your house, this St. Germain Cocktail, with its classy good looks and light, appealing flavor profile, would be a superb selection.
Recommended Tools to Make This St. Germain Cocktail
- 1 1/2 ounces dry gin such as Hendrick's or Tanqueray, or vodka
- 1 ounce St. Germain liqueur
- 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 ounces brut champagne or prosecco, or other dry sparkling wine
- Lemon twist or peel for serving
- Ice for cocktail shaker
Combine the gin or vodka, St. Germain, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.
Strain into a champagne glass and top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist and enjoy! (Pro tip: I like to rub the inside of the lemon peel around the rim of the glass first. It gives the drink an extra burst of citrusy freshness and flavor.)
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