Bottoms Up #13 – St. Germain

Bottoms Up #13 – St. Germain

This week Ginny and Charlie combine the domestic and the foreign to make a summer cocktail that is sure to please. First we taste and discuss St. Germain, a French elderflower liqueur that also happens to be one of the most beautiful and romantic bottles we’ve seen. And on top of all that, it tastes great and proves this is one bottle you need to have on your bar shelf. The cocktail that Ginny creates for the show using St. Germain, dubbed the “Elder Whimsy” by Charlie, is made with a strawberry infused vodka that Ginny made a few weeks ago. The result was a lovely summertime drink that would be perfect for Mother’s Day. Tune in as we taste, mix, and try this wonderful concoction.

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St. Germain
(from the official website stgermain.fr)

FOR A FEW fleeting spring weeks, we gather exclusively fresh, wild blossoms for your cocktail. The blossoms in question are elderflowers, and the cocktail a stylishly simple creation made with St-Germain, the first liqueur in the world created in the artisanal French manner from freshly handpicked elderflower blossoms. Our story, however, does not end there.

AFTER gently ushering the wild blossoms into sacks, and descending the hillside, a few of the men who gather blossoms for your cocktail, will then mount a bicycle a carefully ride the umbrells of starry white flower to a collection depot. Vraiment. In a matter of weeks, we will have gathered what will become St-Germain for that year.

TO PUT THIS IN CONTEXT, we can safely say that no men will be wandering the hillsides of Poland this spring gathering wild potatoes for your vodka. Likewise, we know of no Bavarians planning to scour the German countryside in search of exotic native hops and barley for your beer. Yes, in this day and age St-Germain is exceedingly special and rare. Consequently, we are able to hand make only very limited quantities.

AND WHAT OF THE TASTE of St-Germain? It has been said that Paris is a mélange curieux, a curious mixture of flavors, styles and influences. So it is with St-Germain. Neither passionfruit nor pear, grapefruit nor lemon, the sublime taste of  St-Germain hints at each of these and yet none of them exactly. It is a flavor as subtle and delicate as it is captivating. A little like asking a hummingbird to describe the flavor of its favorite nectar. Très curieux indeed, n’est-ce pas?

Photo from the tasting:
The Elder Whimsy 

2 oz Strawberry Infused Vodka
1 oz St. Germain

Shake over ice and pour into a cocktail glass.
Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

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