Friday, August 14, 2009

Fancy Pants St. Germain


I have a theory. As people age, so do their tastes for alcohol.


By now, I think you’ve all probably gone through this. You go from anything with the word “cheap” in front of it in high school to $1 alcoholic beverages in college that probably contained Captain Morgan. Then after four or five years you graduate college and move to Cosmos to things with ‘tini at the end. Then you are standing on a ledge ready to fall into your 30’s and you now have a little more money than you did in your early 20’s so you can be a bit more selective when you pick your posion.

I recently revealed that I’m into Gin. Gosh, I feel like an 80-year-old with blue hair and a raspy voice playing bingo just saying that. But yes, I like gin. I’ve also been leaning towards cocktails with St. Germain.

But what the same heck is this fancy St. Germain liqueur?

Well after doing my research, I confirmed that this liqueur is fancy. St. Germain is the first liqueur in the world created with handpicked elderflower blossoms. They totally look like something I would be allergic to.

So apparently these fluffy white flowers are located in the Swiss Alps, so men pick them and then hop on a bicycle and carefully ride the flowers down a hill to make the St. Germain. Because of the men on bikes, St. Germain isn’t made in large quanities. That’s why you won’t find it on the menu at The Pine or Caroline’s (Jersey Shore, what, what). Below to the right, you will see the St. Germain logo with a guy on a little bike - so cute!

The taste of St. Germain is unique. It’s like an everlasting gobstopper. It’s not a peach or pear or lychee or citrus…it has a hint of all of them. It’s fruity.

Aside from a cocktail bar, you can find St. Germian where fine spirits are sold. In Pittsburgh, it’s available at the liquor store in Oxford Center downtown.

Here’s a simple recipe with St. Germain from its Web site:
2 Shots Champagne* or Dry White Wine
1 ½ Shots St-Germain
2 Shots Sparkling Water or Club Soda
Stir ingredients in a tall ice-filled Collins glass, mixing completely. Think of Paris circa 1947. Garnish with a lemon twist.
* Or Sparkling Wine, Prosecco or Cava


(Sources: stgermain.com, Images: St. Germain, thenibble.com)

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