Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Eve Cocktail: St. Germain Cocktail

St. Germain Champagne Cocktail

Happy New Year! I snapped a photo with my iPhone of the cocktail we brought to our friend's New Year's Eve party, The St. Germain Cocktail. We chose it because it is a cocktail involving champagne, and partially because when we bought the St. Germain, the lovely people at the liquor store that we chatted with sent us home with a complimentary St. Germain pitcher as well. This pitcher has graduations for the proportions and ingredients for the cocktail marked on the side.

St. Germain Cocktail:

2 parts Champagne
2 parts Club Soda
1.5 parts Elderflower Liquor (St. Germain)

Stir and serve chilled.

The recipe I found later shows the cocktail in a highball over ice and states to garnish with a lemon twist, though this is not how we tried it. We also made it with a brut cava, which is Spanish sparkling wine, rather than true champagne.

The verdict: As you might imagine, the St. Germain added a floral note to the base sparkling wine favor. We both really liked it, as did all of our friends who tried it. I was surprised by the variety of people who said that they actually preferred it to champagne - from people who usually drink whiskey to people who prefer fruity drinks. I thought it might be too floral for some of the guys, but they all liked it.

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