Monday, May 18, 2009


Last night my better half and I had the pleasure of joining our neighbors for an informal get together. Our lovely hostess served us a divine cocktail that I am compelled to share with you.

St-Germain, the first liqueur in the world created in the artisanal French manner from freshly handpicked elderflower blossoms. The art deco bottle is nothing short of stunning.


"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 peach nor pear, lychee nor citrus, 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. Trés curieux indeed, n'est-ce pas?"

2 shots Champagne* or dry white wine
1 1/2 shots St-Germain
2 shots sparkling water or club soda

Method: Stir ingredients in a tall ice-filled Collins glass, mixing completely. Think of Paris circa 1947. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Variation: Think of Sartre circa 1947. Be the lemon twist.

* Or Sparkling Wine or Prosecco

Much thanks to D&D for a wonderful evening!


Laura [What I Like] said...

Love that stuff...I've got some elderflower boxed drinks from Ikea sitting in my fridge...maybe the addition of a little sparkling wine would be a nice after work drink?

Katherine Lee said...

That is indeed one of my absolute favorites as well, but I never knew the recipe! Thanks so much for sharing m'lady!
xo Katherine aka. Urban Flea :)

chicamom85 said...

I would love to try it will you come over and make me one lol?


The Townhouselady said...

Laura- That sounds like a great idea!

Katherine- I was amazed by how good it was and the fragrance! I want candles that smell like that. For more recipes link through to the St-Germain website.

Anne- I would highly recommend investing in a bottle. It's very delicate and being that you're a cook I could see you really appreciating the way it evolves.

Lucinda said...

I will buy some bottles of this, it makes a great hostess gift too I would think. The bottle is JaDIE!

The Townhouselady said...

Lu- That's a great idea, it absolutely would be the perfect hostess gift. Last night as I was holding the bottle (it's very hefty hunk of glass) I couldn't help but think what a great lamp base it would make. A square slab of marble on the bottom and the wiring run though with a simple round black drum lampshade on top. Great on a nightstand.

Blushing hostess said...

One of my favorites. The cocktail in MS Living this month called the Gemini is great, just fyi.

Anyway, I just found your blog - very lovely. Thank you for having me and I look forward to reading along!

Lexie said...

That cocktail sound so tasty and the bottle is definitely worthy of displaying. I love finding new cocktail recipes :)

I love your blog!

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

I have wanted to try this for so long. I'd buy it just for it's history & the beautiful bottle. Thanks for the recipe; it's going to help spur me on!

Donna said...

Let's finish off the bottle. It's hard to believe but there's a little left over.