I’d like to introduce you to my favorite easy cocktail recipe: the St. Germain Cocktail! A blend of St. Germain, gin (or vodka), and lemon that’s topped with a bubbly pour of sparkling wine like prosecco or champagne, it’s effervescent, refreshing, and the sort of beverage I envision myself sipping on at a classy party (or in my pajamas at home).
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 it 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 filled with this St. Germain prosecco cocktail, I appear the picture of poise.
With 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 light, but its contents are definitely fit for a celebration!
What Kind of Alcohol is St. Germain?
If you’ve never had St. Germain, it’s an elderflower liqueur. It was originally created in 2007 , and it was named after the St. Germain-Des-Prés area of Paris. It’s naturally flavored, and each bottle can contain up to 1,000 flowers (CRAZY).
St. Germain tastes pleasantly floral, lightly herbal, sweet without being sugary, and is 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. I’ve become a St. Germain person, however, and I truly find myself using it often in a variety of cocktail recipes.
If you’re intrigued and also wondering, “how do you drink St. Germain?”, I have lots of St. Germain liqueur recipes for you!
- I use 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 I’m sharing today. 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.
How to Make This St. Germain Cocktail
- Gin. 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 Hendrick’s for this recipe. Hendrick’s is lighter than most gins and has cucumber notes that are a natural, beautiful pairing with St. Germain.
- For those who are gin-shy or are looking for St. Germain vodka cocktails, you can use vodka in place of the gin in this recipe.
- Elderflower Liqueur. a.k.a. St. Germain. Here, it stands in for simple syrup (Translation: you don’t have to plan ahead and make simple syrup for this recipe. WIN.) Since elderflower liqueur has its own sweetness, additional sugar is unnecessary.
- Lemon Juice. For fresh, citrus flavor and to balance the drink.
- Champagne. The bubbles immediately take this cocktail from simple to elegant! You can use prosecco or another dry sparkling wine if you prefer. Look for a bottle labeled “brut.”
- Lemon Peel. A fun way to garnish your glass!
- 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.
Rub your lemon peel around the rim of the glass and drop it into the glass.
Add all of the drink ingredients but the sparkling wine in to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, pour into your glass.
Top with sparkling wine and SIP!
Other Easy and Delicious Champagne Cocktails
- Champgane Punch
- Raspberry Champagne Float
- Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail
- Strawberry Basil Champagne Sparklers
Recommended Tools to Make This St. Germain Cocktail
- Cocktail Shaker. This one is beautiful!
- Jigger. For the most accurate measurements.
- Citrus Press. This is a great tool for adding citrus juices to drinks!
- Strainer. To keep ice and other unwanted ingredients from falling into your glass.
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 or a fun signature drink to make the special of your house, this recipe, with its classy good looks and light, appealing flavor profile, would be a superb selection!
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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