It’s too darned hot! No cooking. Drinking. Cold drinks. Whew! We have had some ungodly heat this past week. Can you believe I sat outside at a ballgame in 99+ degree heat? Me? I know. The fabulous fireworks and soft-serve ice cream did help. Just a bit… So I decided to make some cool, cool cocktails. The St. Germain cocktail is a delightful way to spend the afternoon…
I first had this sweet libation at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum during their musical cocktail hours in the garden. Oh boy. Hooked! They also serve this little darling at the Jazz Age Lawn Party every summer. Yum! It is simple yet really lovely: sparkling, bubbly champagne and sweet elderflower liqueur. Made from the elderflower, it is made into a syrup and then into magic!
This can be served in any kind of glass but a champagne glass makes everything fancier. If serving in a highball or old-fashioned glass, fill with fresh ice. Unless you are a champagne snob, any kind of brut champagne or dry sparkling wine will do. One of my favorites comes from a local sparkling wine vineyard on Long Island called Sparkling Pointe.
If serving in a champagne glass, all the ingredients should be very cold. Pour the champagne or sparkling wine into a large glass filled with ice. Now pour the St. Germain liqueur. Stir. Using a cocktail strainer, pour into the glass and top with a splash of club soda. Cut a small twist of lemon peel and twist right into the glass allowing a spritz of lemon to fall right in. And that’s it! Double as necessary. (I won’t judge if you triple it…)
And if you would like to make this as a mocktail, a light sparkling cider with elderflower syrup and club soda would be easy and refreshing! Enjoy!
Tips for making the perfect cocktail:
•Always use fresh ice for each cocktail.
•Pour filtered, clean water into ice cube trays to not mingle strange flavors.
•Never pour carbonated drinks into a cocktail shaker unless you’re a fan of the three stooges.
•Always pour the champagne, sparkling wine or wine into a cocktail first. Then add liqueur or liquor otherwise it will fall to the bottom of the glass and won’t mix properly.