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Dec 19, 2013 12:35 PM

Favorite uses for St. Germain

Please share with me what you like to do with St. Germain. Anybody on here that likes to drink it straight? I find it a nice addition to many gin cocktails.

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  1. One of the most popular drinks at Russell House Tavern where I work is the Battle of Trafalgar that has been on the menu since the opening.
    1.5 oz Pimm's #1
    .75 oz St Germain
    .75 oz Lime Juice
    .5 oz Honey Syrup (1:1)
    .5 oz Batavia Arrack
    Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass.

    Of course there is Misty Kalkofen's Maximillian Affair from across town:
    1 oz Mezcal
    1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
    1/2 oz Punt e Mes
    1/2 oz Lemon Juice
    Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

    And Misty's Bohemian:
    1 oz Gin
    1 oz St. Germain
    1 oz Pink Grapefruit Juice
    1 dash Peychaud's Bitters
    Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

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    1. re: yarm

      Hey, I'm already making "Misty's Bohemian" for Christmas gatherings- but I didn't know that was the name! haha. Thanks for the ideas.

      1. re: Meowzerz

        I also have been drinking "bohemians" for years too, never heard them called that! We call them CoCo Coolers and they are our signature cocktail by the pool.

        1. re: foodieX2

          The Bohemian that Misty Kalkofen created dates back to 2008. The combination of grapefruit and St. Germain is pretty common, but Misty was an early experimenter and trail blazer with St. Germain.

          1. re: yarm

            Even more interesting as we bought our house in 1999 and started serving them poolside in the summer of 2000 but I had my first version of it in Florence in the late '80's. They were made with vodka not gin and a combo of blood orange and grapefruit. Just goes to show that no one really "invents" a new drink they just become known for it.

            1. re: foodieX2

              That's cool that you were making them before St. Germain was invented. Or were you using a different elderflower product?

              1. re: yarm

                Yes, elderflower liqueur, from Germany I think. My dad owned a bar and would give us the craziest stuff. Most was awful-absinthe anyone? But some were great like the elderflower. My mom loved the violet stuff and my dad loved a fennel one that was like a really subtle sambuca. I have never been able to find it again and don't remember the name.

              2. re: foodieX2

                Still a different spirit, different citrus combination, no bitters though. No clue about what proportions since a cooler is often a tall drink.

        2. re: yarm

          The Battle of Trafalgar is a phenomenal drink!

        3. Personally, none. It dominates everything it touches.

          1. Another good one is John Gertsen of Drink's Means of Preservation which is a riff on the Ephemeral from David Shenaut, then of Teardrop in Seattle.

            Means of Preservation
            2 oz Beefeater Gin
            1/2 oz St. Germain Liqueur
            1/2 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
            2 dash Celery Bitters
            Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

            1 1/2 oz Old Tom Gin
            1 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
            2 barspoon St. Germain Liqueur
            3 dash Celery Bitters
            Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

            Also, Joy Richard of the Franklin/Citizen Public House won a lot of press and awards in Boston over her Manhattan riff:
            Ideal Manhattan
            1 1/2 oz Maker's Mark Bourbon
            3/4 oz St. Germain
            1/2 oz Cinzano Sweet Vermouth
            2 dash Angostura Bitters
            1 dash Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters
            Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist (although it has been served with a cherry garnish as well).


            1. Bitter Elder

              1 1⁄2 oz Gin
              3⁄4 oz Elderflower liqueur, St. Germain
              1⁄2 oz Campari
              1⁄2 oz Lemon juice
              Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail.


              1. Just tried a Ramona Flowers (rye, elderflower, Campari, lime, creme de violette float). Really great.

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                1. re: EvergreenDan

                  Just made the Ramona Flowers, and I'm very impressed. This and the Bitter Elder are the best drinks I've had incorporating St. Germain. Love the name, too.