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Best ways to use St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

CindyJ Jun 21, 2013 08:16 AM

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?

  1. JMF Jun 21, 2013 09:25 AM

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

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    1. re: JMF
      CindyJ Jun 21, 2013 09:31 AM

      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: CindyJ
        Caitlin McGrath Jul 3, 2013 07:16 PM

        This one goes back to 2009, with 90 replies: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/611102

        1. re: Caitlin McGrath
          CindyJ Jul 12, 2013 08:25 AM

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

    2. EvergreenDan Jun 21, 2013 05:42 PM

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

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      1. Dapuma Jun 21, 2013 06:01 PM

        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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          EvergreenDan Jun 21, 2013 06:24 PM

          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
            CindyJ Jun 24, 2013 06:46 AM

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

            1. re: CindyJ
              EvergreenDan Jun 24, 2013 07:35 PM

              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
                curseofleisure Jun 25, 2013 08:28 PM

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

              2. re: CindyJ
                Dapuma Jun 26, 2013 07:34 PM

                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
                  alice_rice Apr 15, 2014 07:44 PM

                  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
                  LulusMom Jul 2, 2013 12:39 PM

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

                  1. re: LulusMom
                    alice_rice Apr 15, 2014 07:46 PM

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

                3. proof66 Jun 22, 2013 10:07 AM

                  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.


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                    foodieX2 Jun 22, 2013 10:23 AM

                    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
                      alice_rice Apr 15, 2014 07:42 PM

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

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                        foodieX2 Apr 16, 2014 09:03 AM

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

                    2. AigreDoux Jul 3, 2013 05:47 AM

                      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
                        brandygirl Jul 3, 2013 10:44 AM

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

                      2. YAYME Jul 11, 2013 07:40 AM

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

                        1. Atomic76 Aug 6, 2013 07:42 PM

                          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
                            alice_rice Apr 15, 2014 07:40 PM

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

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                            dlibes Feb 9, 2014 04:52 PM

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

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                              MommaN Feb 16, 2014 07:45 AM

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

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                                alice_rice Apr 15, 2014 07:39 PM

                                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. JMF Feb 16, 2014 08:15 AM

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

                                1. black_lab Feb 18, 2014 05:16 AM

                                  St. Germain makes a nice addition to a gimlet.

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