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Best ways to use St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

I've just discovered St-Germain; now I want to learn how to use it in summertime cocktails. I've had it mixed with Prosecco, and that was a treat. What's your favorite way to use it?

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  1. There's actually a relatively recent thread on this back a month or so ago.

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    1. re: JMF

      I searched for "Elderflower" before putting up my post and didn't find what I was looking for. I also just now searched "St Germain" and didn't find much. Can you point me to that thread? Thanks!

        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

          Thanks for the link -- it's really helpful.

    2. Google "Bitter Elder". By far my favorite St Germain cocktail.

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      1. I like it with Hendricks Gin, and Club Soda, muddled with cucumbers

        Lemon wedge or 1/4oz lemon juice - 1/2 oz depending on your flavor profile

        Remember it is very sweet so you do not need to use a ton of it

        The bitter elder sounds delicious Dan - did you create that one?

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        1. re: Dapuma

          No, but i sure wish I could take credit for it. If you are new to Campari, it a great introduction to bitter drinks. It came from a commenter on oh go.sh and Cocktail Chronicles. I don't think he/she is active on-line, and may not know the popularity of the drink.


          1. re: Dapuma

            How is Hendricks Gin different from other gins, Tanqueray for example?

            1. re: CindyJ

              Tanqueray has a classic London Dry profile, with an emphasis on Juniper. Hendrick's has less juniper, and a strong rose and cucumber presentation. Many feel that it makes a good gin for vodka drinkers who don't (perhaps yet) appreciate the "pine" flavor of a classic London Dry gin.

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              1. re: EvergreenDan

                +1 on the Bitter Elder. One of my favorite St. Germain drinks.

              2. re: CindyJ

                For me I don't want that particular drink to taste like pine trees, so Hendricks (and Nolet's) to me are "lighter" gins

                That being said for Campari or aperol drinks you really need a London dry gin to "stand up" to the other strong flavors the drink brings or something with a more powerful juniper punch like junipero

                If you have the chance to try tanqueray Hendricks and Nolet's next to each other they each have a very different profile and are suitable for diff drinks - and if you like gin I don't think it would be a waste of money to have a bottle of each

                Nolet's makes a great French 75

                1. re: CindyJ

                  Hendricks is a really nice gin straight up. Mostly I mix gin for its drieness and its clarity of taste. I like the citrus touch in Tangeray. The problem to me is that Hendricks is soft, almost too much like Bombay. I like them both, but I don't like to mix them.

                2. re: Dapuma

                  +1 on the Hendricks, soda, cucumber with just a hint of the elderflower. Also nice, as mentioned above, with sparkling wine.

                  1. re: LulusMom

                    Maybe the hint of elderflower would work for someone who prefers the citrus taste of Tangeray.

                3. One of my favorites... I like to keep it pretty clean: 2 parts vodka to 1 part St Germain (or less if you like less sweet) with a lemon twist (very important, that lemon zest!). Shake on ice and serve. It's simple enough that I can safely order it in a bar and they can execute it!

                  I like the idea of Dapuma above with Hendrick's gin and cucumbers/lemons.


                  1. Tonight I am serving boozy lemonade. I make the lemonade with mint simple syrup, add some citron vodka and splash of St Germain. Pure summer!

                    I also love what Dapuma posted. Around here that is called a cucumber cooler.

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                    1. re: foodieX2

                      Sounds scrumptious. I just don't have the citron vodka. I just have plain Absolut.

                      1. re: alice_rice

                        You don't need citron, plain would be fine!

                    2. 2 oz Hendrick’s Gin

                      1/2 oz St. Germain Liqueur

                      1/2 oz Rosemary Simple Syrup (recipe below)

                      1/4 Anjou Pear, diced

                      1/4 Lime

                      1 slice cucumber, diced (optional)

                      Rosemary for garnish

                      Muddle lime and pear in a tin. Add gin, St. Germain, rosemary simple syrup, and a few rosemary sprigs. Shake with ice and pour into rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of pear and rosemary sprig.

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                      1. re: AigreDoux

                        This sounds really great, but I don't see the recipe for the Rosemary Simple Syrup :)

                      2. i like it with some grapefruit juice or some lemonade. Also I make a spritzer with seltzer.

                        1. It's a beautiful bottle, but I can't get past the verdant chlorophyll-like taste and smell of it.

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                          1. re: Atomic76

                            I don't get the chlorophyll, and I detect no scent whatsoever.

                          2. 1-1/2 ounces gin, 1 ounce of St-Germain, shake with ice, pour into a flute and finish with Brut Champagne. Superb!

                            1. Grey Goose on the rocks, a squeeze of lemon, and a half shot of St Germain. Heaven.

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                              1. re: MommaN

                                I just had one (sort of because I use plain Absolut), but I really liked it. I usually l like gin, but I was out of it.

                              2. Bartenders have started to call St. Germain "Bartenders Ketchup" because it's used in everything. LOL

                                1. St. Germain makes a nice addition to a gimlet.

                                  1. This is our absolute favorite way to drink St Germain...

                                    1 shot St Germain
                                    1 shot Vodka of choice
                                    1 shot cucumber tarragon water
                                    2 shots tonic water

                                    Fill your glass with crushed ice, add the vodka, St Germain, tarragon water and tonic. Stir and top with a sprig of tarragon.

                                    We play with the quantities a lot, there is no wrong way to make this drink! Delicious and perfect for summer!

                                    To make the cucumber water, simply boil a large pot of water. After it boils, take it off the heat and throw in one whole, peeled cucumber along with a couple of twigs of tarragon. I let it sit overnight, my friend lets it steep a few hours. Remove the cucumber and tarragon and place in a container, into the fridge. It will last about 2 weeks.

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                                    1. re: laurakhulusi

                                      Thank you for the tip! Have a wedding shower coming up-- might need to make this!

                                      1. re: MommaN

                                        So sorry...I forgot one VERY important ingredient...lime

                                        I usually squeeze 1/4 of a lime into each glass
                                        Now that they're a dollar a piece, you can probably get by with an 1/8th :-(

                                    2. I use 1/2 part St Germain, 2 parts cucumber vodka, 3 parts white grape juice, 6 Green seedless grapes, 4 mint leaves, 1/2 cup crushed ice, blend in a ninja blender, martini glass x 2. Summer yum. :)