There’s no booze bottle that’s more beautiful than St-Germain. The French elderflower liqueur looks like a statuesque, ornate bottle of perfume, but there’s more to the liquid than its lovely appearance. St-Germain is an incredibly versatile, aromatic liqueur than can inject levity, florality and elegance into any cocktail. While you can almost never go wrong by adding a measure into any classic, here are seven of our favorite drinks that use St-Germain.
The 7 Best Cocktails to Make with St-Germain
An herbaceous take on a Whiskey Sour, the Sage Germain Sour combines the honeyed flavors of Powers Irish Whiskey with St-Germain, fresh lemon and a homemade honey-sage syrup. A salted, deep-fried sage leaf garnish gives the drink an earthy aroma and highlights its herbal and floral flavors.
St-Germain can instantly transform any Margarita by bringing out the delicate agave notes of tequila, but it really does wonders in this garden fresh cocktail. Made with silver tequila, St-Germain, fresh lime and rhubarb-rosemary syrup, it tastes like liquid spring. Tart and refreshing, this Margarita is especially eye-catching, thanks to the pink hibiscus salt rim.
rhubarb and rosemary syrup
The unlikely combination of iced coffee and tonic water is a popular daytime beverage in Spain, and it makes for a delicious cocktail when spiked with a little booze. In this version by Ivy Mix of Brooklyn’s Leyenda, cold brew coffee mixes with botanical tonic, pungent Fernet-Vallet and a healthy pour of St-Germain to lighten the intense flavors.
If you have a few ounces of St-Germain straggling at the bottom of the bottle and want to use it up, make this fruity and floral frozen Sangria. Served at Pinewood Social in Nashville, the blend mixes a ton of booze—red wine, applejack, dry curaçao and St-Germain—with grapefruit and orange juices, lemon-lime soda, and orange blossom water to yield a thirst-quenching refreshment.
The ladies from Sex and the City may have made the classic Cosmopolitan famous, but we know prim and proper Charlotte would have preferred a clean and crisp White Cosmo. This cocktail from Kevin Denton, national mixologist for Pernod-Ricard, was inspired by Charlotte and is made with white cranberry juice, fresh mint and St-Germain liqueur for an ultra-feminine twist on the classic.
White Cranberry Juice
Mint Leaf, for garnish
Move over Frosé: the newest obsession is Frosecco, aka frozen Prosecco. This winetail only needs fresh lemon juice and a splash of St-Germain to be transformed into a citrusy, sweet-tart slushy. Sip haughtily while judging other people who are still drinking Frosé for being so last season.
This light, fresh take on a Paloma is the epitome of easy-drinking. Silver tequila mixes with St-Germain and Pamplemousse grapefruit liqueur, along with fresh lime and bubbly soda water, for an effervescent cocktail that’s perfect for all-day imbibing.