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Elderflower Champagne Cocktail

August 11, 2009

8.10.09 St. Germain

This cocktail tastes like vacation – not an actual place, but an idea of one. It took shape on a hazy Sunday evening, spun out of the gauzy August heat and a wistful wish to be far away.

As Amanda and I sipped cool drinks and untangled the end of summer, we pieced together our ideal place. Somewhere in southern France, it has vineyards, of course, and baguettes and a bicycle. Armfuls of flowers and heavy copper saucepans. Gardens and brambles and baskets of fruit.

Our story intertwined with our drinks — champagne stirred with St-Germain, a delicate French liqueur of elderflower blossoms. It tastes of pear and lychee and lemon, the sweetness cut by the bubbles and cool cucumber.

The starry white flowers are said to be picked in the Alps and gathered by bike. It seems too conveniently quaint to be true, but no matter. Like our idyllic chateau in the French countryside, the image itself is enough.

Elderflower Champagne Cocktail
Fill a tumbler with ice. Fill three-quarters of the glass with dry champagne or prosecco. Add thinly sliced cucumber and fresh mint. Top off with St-Germain.

70 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2009 4:29 am

    Anything that tastes like vacation has to be good in my book. I’ve had St Germain mixed into other drinks but Ive never had it by itself so I’m having a hard time picturing this one.

  2. August 11, 2009 7:20 am

    O this looks fantastic. I love the photo Liz. The way that little stream behaves with the little dent is great. Looks incredibly fresh!

  3. Susan permalink
    August 11, 2009 10:33 am

    Great action shot! Lovely, cool colors.

  4. August 11, 2009 5:24 pm

    What a great photo. I made some elderberry syrup this year. I wonder, if I can use that instead of the liqueur…

  5. August 12, 2009 12:50 am

    Love the pic!

  6. August 12, 2009 1:41 pm

    saw this pic yesterday and had to pipe up and applaud. great work Liz!

  7. August 13, 2009 6:36 pm

    These photo is absolutely breathtaking. If you ever do a food photography class i’m signing-up!
    On top of that you’re making me thirsty for one of these delicious looking cocktail. Nice work.

  8. August 14, 2009 12:46 pm

    Really lovely Liz! I do love my 5D. Would love any photo notes (mode-settings-lighting) you would care to share. Always looking to learn and your photographs are so inspiring!!

  9. August 14, 2009 6:44 pm

    Your photograph is so beautiful that it almost takes my breath away. An action shot, no less! I’ve spent some time browsing through your pictures and recipes and have come to the conclusion you have amazing talent. Thanks for sharing it!

  10. August 15, 2009 1:35 pm

    I’ve recently fallen hard for cocktails with cucumbers in them. And I find the whole idea of Elderflower to be mesmerizing. I can imagine this would be a brilliant combination!

  11. Sara@sproutedkitchen permalink
    August 16, 2009 2:53 am

    Totally agree. A drink like this evokes a memory, be it a trip or night on the porch with a good friend. Love the crisp flavors and great picture!

  12. January 25, 2010 4:12 am

    And here it is! You are in such better shape photo and lighting wise I can hardly believe you learned anything today, and still, I’m excited to see what takes shape when you’ve applied anything you might have picked up. Such a pleasure to meet you. Cheers!
    Rena

  13. August 8, 2011 6:45 pm

    this sounds like the perfect cocktail. Thank you for the recipe!

  14. February 28, 2012 12:45 am

    My new summer drink @ida_eaton made me! So refreshing! #bestbartender

  15. Lbalaura1 permalink
    March 5, 2012 7:25 pm

    Love the pic & have to try this drink…

  16. March 19, 2012 6:30 pm

    looks and sounds delicious- anything that brings that vacation feel CANNOT be bad!!

  17. April 9, 2012 12:35 am

    We chose a staycation for spring break and I’m thinking that this will just add to our cation however I think I’ll have to wait for the snow to melt and the elderflowers to bloom or go find some St.-Germain. Thank you for sharing.

  18. April 12, 2012 10:09 pm

    YUM! Can’t wait to try this.

  19. July 11, 2012 4:23 pm

    I am anxious to try this!

  20. August 3, 2012 9:35 pm

    I have had this liquor before at a hotel in Downtown San Jose, Ca. It was delicious, it also had champagne. I can’t wait to try this one out! It looks very refreshing! Thanks for the recipe, I am sharing on my Facebook page!

  21. Melanie permalink
    September 28, 2012 5:50 pm

    In Europe, we mix prossecco, elderflower syrup, ice, a few mint leaves, and a few lemon slices and call it “Hugo”. The trend came from Italy (northern region) about 2 years ago. I’m addicted to it ;-)

  22. October 12, 2012 7:54 am

    Totally delicious…

  23. helen joubert permalink
    July 18, 2013 8:57 am

    N fees om na uit te sien die somer

  24. May 22, 2014 9:20 pm

    Reblogged this on Throbbing Basal Ganglia & Other Misadventures and commented:
    This just sound delightful. Can’t wait to try it on a warm Sunday.

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