Try these St. Germain cocktail recipes to impress your guests with your fancy bartending skills!
If you’ve never heard of St. Germain, it’s a French elderflower liqueur, and believe it or not, every blossom is handpicked.
Needless to say, it’s a little bit expensive.
But with tropical fruity notes like peach and lemon, along with honeysuckle, these St. Germain cocktails are so full of delicious flavors.
If you prefer Bloody Marys or dirty martinis, this might not be the best choice for you.
That said, if you’re a gin lover, I think you’ll really enjoy the floral taste of these incredible cocktail recipes.
St. Germain Cocktails & Drink Recipes
The classic gimlet is made simply with gin and lime juice.
Named for a handheld drill used by sailors, this cocktail got its name for the piercing effect it has on its drinkers.
Add another dash of alcohol in the form of sweet elderflower liqueur, and just imagine how intense this drink can be!
Ingredients: St. Germain, gin, lime juice
In the recipe above, you can pretty much use any gin you prefer.
But for this, in order to get that refreshing cucumber taste, you’ll want to look for Hendrick’s gin.
Alternatively, you could try muddling some cucumber then shake with ice and your gin of choice. That would add plenty of flavor, too.
Also, rim the glass with a slice of cucumber to add its fragrance to the mix.
Ingredients: Hendrick’s gin, St. Germain liqueur, lime juice, peeled cucumber
Cranberry is a hugely popular addition to cocktails. It’s bright and vibrant, and the sweet-tart taste pairs perfectly with everything from vodka to rum.
But cranberry can be a little too sour for those of us who like things on the sweeter side.
To fix that, this cocktail adds a shot of St. Germain. It’s just enough to balance out any bitterness without being overpowering.
Ingredients: elderflower liqueur, lime, vodka, sugar, cranberry juice, frozen cranberries, ice
The blushing pink color of this cocktail should be enough to encourage you to make this recipe. How adorable does that look?
If you do give this a try, you’ll find it’s light, refreshing, tart, sweet, and floral with just a few bubbles to boot.
Rosé vodka was new to me, and if you can’t find it, just add extra rosé to the mix. Although, I would go for something slightly sweeter in that case.
Ingredients: Rose vodka, grapefruit juice, St. Germain, dry rose, lemon juice, thyme sprig or mint leaf
If you only make one cocktail on this list, please let it be this. Because yes, that is edible luster dust you see shimmering in the glass!
If you’ve ever watched the Food Network, I’m sure you’ve seen bakers adding this stuff to their cakes and cupcakes.
It’s a glittery powder that makes something as simple as sparkling wine fabulous.
You can find it online easily enough, or try Michael’s, as they’ll have a bunch of different colors.
Ingredients: St. Germain or elderflower cordial, vodka, champagne or prosecco
Traditional margaritas include Cointreau or triple sec along with lime juice for a very citrusy flavor.
The great thing about St. Germain is that it’s wonderfully fruity.
So even though it’s not specifically orange-flavored, all those peach and lychee notes make this one of the best margs you’ll ever drink.
However, since St. Germain is quite pricy, I don’t recommend making this into a frozen margarita.
That would water down the taste, which would be a real shame.
Ingredients: tequila, elderflower liqueur, lime juice
Boulard Calvados is one of the world’s most well-known and well-regarded apple brandies.
It’s double-distilled and perfectly aged to create something truly delicious.
So, with such a unique spirit, you don’t want to drown it out with lots of mixers, right?
This cocktail complements the apple flavor with elderflower and adds just a hint of citrus to balance everything out.
The tonic water makes this lighter and easier to drink.
Ingredients: Calvados, St. Germain, lemon juice, tonic water, orange peel
This might be the most famous St. Germain cocktail out there. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the first drink you had with elderflower liqueur.
Did it get you hooked?
I think this works so well because it’s so simple. Even with Prosecco, the flavor of the floral blossom is what stands out.
Ingredients: St. Germain, prosecco, sparkling water, lemon, ice
This elegant cocktail puts a floral twist on the classic French 75, which includes gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and champagne.
It’s a pretty strong drink, so you’ll have to remember to sip this, no matter how tasty it is!
Ingredients: St. Germain, lemon juice, champagne or prosecco, lemon slice
This drink is a little like a cross between a St. Germain spritz and a mojito.
So, if you love that lime and mint flavor combination, you’ll love this easy and bright cocktail.
It starts like a Mojito, which means you need to muddle the mint and lime in a shaker or right in the glass.
Then, you’ll add St Germain. and Prosecco. If that’s too strong for your tastes, go ahead and top it up with sparkling water or club soda.
Ingredients: lime, mint, St. Germain, prosecco, soda water
If you’re in need of a fun and tasty cocktail for your next scary party, look no further.
Just imagine a cross between a whiskey sour, a Kentucky mule, and a St. Germain spritz.
Smoky bourbon, zesty lemon, sweet elderflower, and spicy ginger beer make up this drink.
There’s also extra spice from the bitters, which acts as a fun “bloody” addition.
Pour me two, please!
Ingredients: bourbon, St. Germain, lemon juice, ginger beer, Angostura bitters
Nothing is more satisfying on a hot summer day than a big glass of sangria.
Though I almost always make red, I have to admit that this peach recipe is now at the top of my list.
In truth, I usually find white sangria isn’t as flavorful as the red kind. But it suddenly comes to life when you add elderflower liqueur to the mix.
The fruity flavors bring out the fresh fruits in the glass, and it adds just enough sweetness, so the white wine isn’t as dry.
Ingredients: white or rose wine, ripe peaches, St. Germain, sugar, water, fresh herbs
I know plenty of people who hate bourbon, yet they love this flower sour mix.
Bourbon adds a deeply flavorful warmth in cocktails, and it’s not as overpowering when mixed with citrus.
Without St. Germain, this would be super yummy. That intense pomegranate taste is delightful, after all.
But with the elderflower, it’s lighter and a touch sweeter, too.
Ingredients: bourbon, pomegranate juice, St. Germain, Meyer lemon simple syrup, Pechaud’s bitters, ice cubes, candied lemon peels, pomegranate arils
Blackberries are fresh, juicy, and wonderfully sweet.
They’re not as sweet as blueberries, but they’re also not as sour as raspberries, making them a great middle ground.
Since they have earthy notes, they’ll only get better when you add the florals of elderflower. Plus, they’ll have the most amazingly intense color.
Ingredients: blackberries, vodka, lemon juice, St. Germain
Like any good martini, this recipe keeps it very simple.
Besides adding lemon juice, you’ll only need two ingredients and a few minutes to whip up this classy drink up.
Instead of using gin or vermouth, you’ll add St. Germain to your favorite vodka.
Use citrus vodka if you want an added kick, or maybe try cucumber vodka instead.
Remember that it’s best shaken, not stirred. You’ll want it to hit the ice and chill before you take that first sip.
Ingredients: vodka or gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, twist of lemon, thinly-sliced cucumbers
Have you ever tried pear vodka? Absolut pear is the best, in my opinion, because it’s much smoother and the taste is more natural.
It’s a very unusual flavor to have in a drink (at least, it’s not used too often), but that crisp yet buttery taste is very pleasant in this case.
Ingredients: St. Germain, pear vodka, chilled champagne, granulated sugar, lemon wedge, sliced pear
It’s strange to think about adding lemon and florals to coffee, but in this case, it just works.
Like many of you, I’m a massive iced-coffee lover. And though I typically go for something sweet and creamy, this is too good not to try.
Along with St. Germain, you’ll also add Fernet-Vallet, which is quite earthy and full of spice.
If you can’t find this, you can either leave it out or add a dash of Campari instead.
Ingredients: cold brew, Fernet Branca, St. Germain, tonic water
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