For Andrew and my first anniversary, his dad and step mom gave us a bottle of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur. Besides being an absolutely gorgeous bottle, it is so tasty. When I first heard of this liqueur I was a little skeptical. I don’t usually like flower flavored foods and drinks, but of course I had to try it because of the French name. Since, I’ve had St. Germain in cocktails at several restaurants and have become quite a fan. St. Germain has a very specific sweet flavor that is a combination of lychee, pear and grapefruit. After hearing how difficult and specially made this liqueur is, I am even more in love. In the French hillsides, the elderflower blooms for only a few short weeks in the spring. The blossoms are handpicked and carried back down hill by bike (how cool is that?). Then they do some magic to make this wonderful liqueur and number each bottle. How fun is that?
Raspberry Kiss Cocktail (makes one glass)
1/2 oz St. Germain
1 oz dry gin
1 oz Raspberry Cranberry unsweetened juice
1/4 oz simple syrup (recipe below)
2 oz sparkling water
It’s best chilled! So if the juice, simple syrup and sparking water aren’t cold then combine all ingredients (except raspberries) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Top with raspberries and enjoy!
Simple syrup: Combine 1 part water and 1 part sugar into a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Let cool and refrigerate. Save any extra for future cocktails, iced tea, etc.