The elderflower makes quite an impact for being such a petite blossom. Delicate and fragrant, the little white flower hits its peak in spring and summer. That’s exactly when you should be pouring St-Germain into your cocktails. Sure, you could serve it simply with sparkling water or Champagne. But you’d be surprised at how a nimble thread of elderflower liqueur can wake up rum, tequila and gin.
Think sugar snap peas and St-Germain don’t jive? This pale green beauty will let you down easy. Subtly sweet pea puree is the clincher, made with fresh peas, verjus, sugar and salt. That combination is then set in motion with blanco tequila, Combier, St-Germain and lime juice.
Leave it to veteran mixtress Julie Reiner to create the ideal summer punch. Start with lemony oleo saccharum (don’t worry, it’s just lemon and sugar), then commence the long pours of gin, Aperol and St-Germain. Follow the booze with equal parts lemon, orange and grapefruit juices and gild the lily with a blitz of rosé Champagne.