Got a bottle of St Germain, or wondering whether it’s worth the purchase? St Germain is one of the hottest ingredients in cocktails, and here’s a secret: it’s also one of the newest liqueurs to hit the scene. Is it worth all the hype? We think so. Here’s more about this elderflower liqueur and how to use it in homemade cocktails of all kinds.
What is St Germain?
St Germain is a liqueur that’s made with elderflowers, the small white flowers of an elderberry plant. With its beautiful vintage bottle, it looks like a liqueur that’s been produced for centuries by French monks like Chartreuse. But turns out, it’s a lot more modern than you might expect.
St Germain liqueur was invented in 2007 by a man named Rob Cooper, inspired by a craft cocktail he tasted in a bar made in London made with elderflower syrup. He worked in the liquor business and wondered: could he made a liqueur that would bottle up that incredible sweet and floral flavor? He did, and St Germain was born.
How do you say St Germain? Don’t say “Saint”. It’s actually pronounced “Sahn-jer-MAHN.” But however you want to say it to not sound too pretentious with your friends, go for it!