Quick Guide to St Germain (Elderflower Liqueur)

Quick Guide to St Germain (Elderflower Liqueur)

St. Germain liqueur is a popular ingredient in cocktails. This article will provide more information about the elderflower liqueur and the best ways to use it.

Are you thinking of buying a bottle of St. Germain? St. Germain is a popular ingredient in cocktails. But here’s a secret, it’s also one of the newest liqueurs on the market. It’s worth the hype. We believe so. We think so.

What is St. Germain?

St Germain a liqueur made with elderflowers. These are the tiny white flowers from an elderberry plant. It looks like a liqueur made centuries ago by French monks such as Chartreuse. It turns out that it is a lot more recent than you might think.

Rob Cooper, a man, inspired by a drink he had in a London bar that used elderflower syrup, created St Germain liqueur in 2007. He was a liquor trader and wondered if he could make a liqueur with that amazing sweet and floral flavor. St. Germain was born. (Read more about St. Germain‘s history here.

What is the correct way to say, St Germain? You don’t need to say “Saint”. You can pronounce it “Sahnjer-MAHN”. But, if you don’t want to sound pretentious to your friends, do it anyway!

What is the taste of St Germain?

Because there is nothing quite like St. Germain, it has been a hugely popular flavor. It has a light, floral and sweet flavor with citrus, pear, and passionfruit notes. It isn’t easy to describe the flavor until you try it. It gives any drink a unique, smooth finish.

Is there a substitute? You can find elderflower syrup in the grocery store or online. You can make your elderflower syrup or liqueur if you have fresh elderflowers. They are more common in Europe than we do here; however, they are not available in the US. Elderflower juice is a good substitute for alcohol. It’s sold at IKEA stores and online.

It’s why we love it.

St. Germain gives cocktails a beautiful, floral finish. It’s hard to resist it around here. It’s full of unexpected intrigue and subtle flavors that are hard to describe. It is our favorite French Gimlet or St Germain French75.

What is the cost of this?

St. Germain is a mid-priced liquor compared to other liquors. The 375ml bottles cost $15, and the 750ml bottles $25 to $30. St. Germain can be stored unrefrigerated for up to 6 months.

St Germain Champagne Cocktail

St. Germain is a great pairing with bubbles. This cocktail is floral, botanical, tangy and bubbly all in one.

Ingredients: St Germain, champagne, gin, lemon juice

French Gimlet

This chic cocktail has only three ingredients. It’s easy to make and fun to mix. This elderflower-infused gin gimlet is a new twist on the classic gin gimlet.

Ingredients: St Germain, gin, lime juice


The Hugo is an Italian sparkling wine made with elderflower liquor and Prosecco. It is a refreshing and delicious drink.

Ingredients: St Germain liqueur or Prosecco, sparkling wine, soda water and mint

St Germain Spritz

This St. Germain Spritz cocktail is a refreshing and bubbly drink! It takes just 3 minutes to make this elderflower liqueur.

Ingredients: St Germain, sparkling wine, soda water

French 77

This champagne cocktail is a twist on the French 75 classic but adds St Germain elderflower liqueur. The champagne cocktail is bubbly and lively, with floral undertones and fresh lemon juice.

Ingredients: Gin, lemon juice, Champagne, St Germain

Other cocktails

The following drinks include elderflower liqueur:

  • St Germain & Cranberry Cocktail Combine it with cranberry lemon to make a Cosmo.
  • Elderflower & Lemon Cocktail Combine it with St. Germain, lemon juice and bitters, and tonic water.
  • Cucumber Martini This refreshing take on the traditional martini features cucumber, vodka and floral notes from St. Germain.

Germain French 75

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) St Germain
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) gin
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup or pure maple syrup
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) champagne (about 1/2 glass)*


  1. In a cocktail shaker, add St. Germain, gin and lemon juice. Add the syrup. Stir for 15 seconds to make sure the liquid is cold. Strain the liquid into champagne flutes.
  2. Champagne can be added to the glass. Serve with garnish. (Note: If you wish, you can make a large batch with St. Germain and gin, lemon juice and syrup, then add 6 tablespoons to each glass.


*A champagne bottle will provide approximately 8-10 drinks. Use non-alcoholic sparkling wines to make it non-alcoholic.

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