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St. Germain Elderflower Liquer - How To Obtain in Michigan?

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Hey there, happy New Year. The Chow Drink of the week is St. Germain Elderflower Liquer w/ champagne. We tried to find it at the Holiday Market in Royal Oak, MI and they said it's not distributed in Michigan. Does anyone know a good way to get a bottle of this that won't break the bank? A bottle from the West Coast is $30 plus $14 shipping. Thanks.

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  1. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission's online price catalog says it's distributed in Michigan by National Wine and Spirits. A 750 ml bottle has a state minimum shelf price of $37.47. No idea who stocks it, but if it's in the MCLC Catalog, someone should be able to order it from National....

    Links:
    http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/lcc_code/... (Search for Liquor Type: "Cordials and Liqueurs."

    The NWS Pricebook-- http://www.nwscorp.com/michigan/MI-Pr... --almost at the bottom.

    I think if you took the pricebook entry and the MCLC entry to Holiday or wherever they'd be able to add it to their next NWS order, but I've never had to order anything from NWS, so don't hold me to that....

    1. There is an elderflower liqueur made right here in Michigan--in Temperance, ironically.

      http://imbibemagazine.blogspot.com/20...

      1. Big bummer on the lack of Elderflower liqueur in your area. I quite sympathize. Me, I'm in a snit because the Twin Cities area distributors won't carry Charbay Ruby Red Grapefruit vodka.

        But the price doesn't seem to be too terribly outlandish - this liqueur costs $35 - $40 plus tax in Minneapolis. So $44 with shipping isn't too insane. (For what it's worth, that's the same as a bottle of Champagne, but the liqueur lasts much longer.) If you can't find the St. Germain in town, I say go for the mail-order!

        Anne

        P.S. By the way, I'm drinking St. Germain and Champagne as I type this. But I'm having a Gin-soaked Ephiphany, as described in this thread:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4895...