Spring is here! Spring is here! To celebrate the warm days and cool nights I decided to make Margaritas! But, I’d already made margaritas for this here project. So, what was I to do? No, a Daiquiri is not the correct answer! I made a different type of Margarita, one with St. Germain in it!
1 1/2 oz. silver tequila
1 oz. St. Germain
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
Combine ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake until cold. Strain into chilled cocktail glass (salted rim if you like.) Garnish with lime wedge.
Except I didn’t have silver tequila and I didn’t want to buy silver tequila. So, I used the tequila we already had. If you’re a real stickler you could call this a Golden Elderflower Margarita. I’m not a real big stickler though, so I won’t.
This was sweet and easy and delicious. A description that also describes springs here in Davis. So, it’s the perfect cocktail for this evening. D really liked them too and that is always a plus!
The Godfather really didn’t turn out well… I’m still disappointed in how much I didn’t like that drink. This week we’re going for something a really simple. Almost as simple as the very first cocktail, the Old Fashioned, except we’ll be putting in a little St. Germain to sweeten it up.
2 parts whisky bourbon/rye
1/2 part St. Germain
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Stir and serve in a old fashioned glass on the rocks (I like the one big square ice cube); garnish w/ an orange twist
A note of caution: St. Germain’s is sweet, really sweet. You might be thinking, “only 1/2 a part to two parts boourbon?!” Yes, only 1/2 a part! D wanted more St. Germain in her cocktail and it turned out too sweet! If you follow the recipe you’ll end up with a sweet twist on an Old Fashioned, if you go any further you’ll end up with dessert! D and I really like the Elderfashioned. Especially, since it takes some of the edge off of the traditional Old Fashioned, mellows it a bit. Owing to its sweetness this would make an excellent digestif, you can skip dessert even!
D’s really wanted to try St. Germain, an elderflower liquor. It wasn’t easy to find though! The regular grocery stores here didn’t care it and the first two liquor stores I went to didn’t either. I finally found it at this shady, dirty, but surprisingly well stocked liquor store in town. Now that I have it I had to figure out what to make with it. This turned out to be easier than I thought because a lot of people we know seem to love the stuff. A few emails later I had the start of a nice selection. First up, is this mix of citrus, gin, and St. Germain.
1 ½ oz gin
1 oz St~Germain
3 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1 oz fresh lemon juice
¼ oz simple syrup
Combine the gin, grapefruit juice, lemon juice and simple syrup a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with grapefruit twist.
Wow! This was a fantastic cocktail: Citrusy, elderflowery, sweet and easy. I don’t think “elderflowery” is a word but the grapefruit and St~Germain complement each other perfectly. Turns out my friends know a thing or two about cocktails! I was a little leery about St~Germain without having tried it before but now? Now, I’m really looking forward to trying the rest of these recipes…