With the heat of summer upon us, there’s not much better than cool, refreshing cocktail to bring the work day to a close. I’ve been a fan for a while, but still, every time I bring my lips to the glass for the first sip of this delightful beverage, I am, once again, hooked. Give it a try – I dare you – and 5:00 might just begin to come earlier…
Simply pour a little Hendrick’s in a glass with ice and sliced cucumbers and enjoy! Add a little tonic if you prefer and to make it even more delightful, a splash of St. Germain.
Since I am on vacation and have been imbibing all weekend, I thought it most appropriate to share my new favorite drink… The St. Germain Cocktail!
Starting the the most important inclusion, the elderflower liquor, this perfect dock drink is a mix of white wine, soda water, lemon zest and the St. Germain – ho simple is that!
St. Germain is made from the beautiful, large white blossoms of the elderberry bush. The flowers are handpicked in the foothills of the Alps in France for a few fleeting weeks each Spring. The 40-50 men who pick the flowers travel only by bike and since the berries come quickly, the amount of liquor made each year is limited and hence, the incredibly beautiful bottles (I promise, you are going to want to leave this one out) are each numbered to show authenticity. For other recipes, including a GREAT margarita, visit their website.
St. Germain Cocktail
2 parts white wine (I like sauv blanc)
2 parts sparkling water
1.5 parts St. Germain
1 lemon zest per glass
Combine wine and St. Germain in a tall glass over ice. Using a Boston shaker, give it a good shake. Add the sparkling water and lemon zest.