The French Connection


Have you discovered the trendy elderflower liqueur from France known as St. Germain? I sampled it recently in a cocktail at Haru in Manhattan and it was love at first sip. The flavor is subtle, delicate, flowery, citrusy and sweet, but not too sweet. Seems clusters of tiny white elderflowers are gathered at the foothills of the Alps by bohemians during the few late spring days they are at their peak of fragrance and flavor. They are then transported by bicycle to the French distillery and voila! St. Germain! You’ll find several cocktail and martini recipes using this delightful elixir on the website St., but here is my original offering, a simple, yet delightful martini I have dubbed The French Connection.  Ice wine is made from grapes that are left to ferment on the vine in winter. Your wine merchant can order it for you if he doesn’t have it in stock.

2 shots ice wine

2 shots St. Germain

Fill a cocktail shaker with 6 or 7 ice cubes. Add ice wine and then St. Germain. Shake it like you mean it for 10 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a thin slice of apple.


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