St-Germain elderflower liqueur and gin are truly a match made in cocktail heaven! From unique riffs on G&Ts to tasty slushies, these St-Germain and gin cocktails are beyond refreshing and always please a crowd.
What Is St-Germain?
St-Germain (pronounced Saint Germaine) is a slightly sweet French liqueur made with elderflower blossoms.
A man named Rob Cooper, who just happens to be the son of the guy that created Chambord black raspberry liqueur, developed St-Germain in 2007. It hit the market that year as the world’s very first elderflower liqueur.
Each year in the Spring, elderflower blossoms are hand-picked at the base of the Alps in France’s Savoie region, and up to 1000 blossoms are in every bottle of this tasty liqueur.
It’s perfect for Spring and Summertime cocktails thanks to its floral, fruity qualities, but it’s also great for festive, celebratory cocktails that can be enjoyed all year long.
What Does St-Germain Taste Like?
St-Germain is a light, floral liqueur with complex and well-balanced flavors.
You’ll taste a range of fruits, like pear, lychee, peach, passionfruit, grapefruit, and lemon, along with herbal notes and honeysuckle. On the nose, there are botanical aromas of lilies and jasmine, as well as lychee and grapefruit.
Since it’s well-balanced between sweet, acidic, fruity, and floral, it’s a versatile liqueur that pairs fantastically with sparkling wine, white wine, clear spirits, club soda, and so on.
But we’re here to talk specifically about St-Germain and gin, which is a truly magical combination. The floral and sweet flavors of the elderflower combine seamlessly with the botanical juniper notes and light bitterness of gin.
So with all of that covered, let’s get right into these refreshing, delicious St-Germain and gin cocktail recipes!
These St-Germain and gin cocktails are perfect for spring and summer, but they can (and should!) be enjoyed whenever you want a refreshing, aromatic cocktail.
This list starts with traditional cocktails and then moves toward more unique, unexpected recipes. There's a great variety, so you'll definitely be able to find a perfect St-Germain and gin drink for any occasion!
Gin and tonics are a beloved and classic cocktail that are only made better with St-Germain!
All you need to make this twist on a G&T is 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce of St-Germain, 3 ounces of tonic water, and a lime wedge. It's just as refreshing as a classic G&T, but with more botanical notes and a light sweetness.
This cocktail couldn't be more simple or refreshing! St-Germain goes so well with sparkling wine, and this is another drink that's excellent for brunch.
The four ingredients are gin, St-Germain, lemon juice, and sparkling wine. Shake the first three ingredients up in a shaker with ice, then pour into a flute and top with sparkling wine. It's fizzy, citrusy, and super refreshing.
In Paris, they refer to the two sides of the River Seine as the Left Bank and Right Bank. On the Left Bank, you have the arrondissement (or district) of St-Germain-des-Prés, which is what this tasty drink is named after.
To make it, you just need gin, St-Germain, and white wine. The result is a dry, elegant cocktail with floral and slightly sweet notes. You can use any white wine, but something like a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Blanc/Gris would work best.
This recipe also adds in gold luster dust to give it a shimmery effect, which would be super fun for New Years Eve or a bachelorette party!
This recipe highlights pear by using pear puree and pear liqueur to give it an extra sweet and fruity flavor. It also calls for lemon juice, honey simple syrup, club soda, and (of course) St-Germain and gin.
It'll be a little bit sweeter than the Strawberry & Elderflower Collins, but just as delicious and refreshing.
This cocktail gets its luminescent green hue from green chartreuse and fresh lime juice.
If you haven't had green chartreuse before, it's a French liqueur made with a secret blend of over 100 herbs and plants. Tastewise, it's herbal and vegetal with a light sweetness, so it goes fantastically well with gin and St-Germain.
The one other ingredient in this cocktail is orange bitters. Combine everything in a mixing glass with ice, stir well, then strain into a coup or tulip glass and serve!
Here's another St-Germain and gin drink that's perfect for the the holidays!
This one uses pomegranate juice, lime juice, and cinnamon syrup to give it warm, spicy, and fruity festive flavors. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well, and serve with a sprig of rosemary and a cinnamon stick.
It's sure to put a gin-gle in your step and would be so fun for holiday parties!
It doesn't get much more refreshing than this cocktail!
The real star of this drink is tarragon, which is a floral and peppery herb that's both bitter and sweet in taste. In this recipe, you muddle the tarragon so the flavor really stands out. Otherwise, you just need gin, St-Germain, club soda, lemon juice, and sugar.
It's definitely not your grandma's lemonade, but it's delicious and would be just as refreshing after a long, hot day.
Though frozen drinks sometimes seem intimidating, this one couldn't be easier to make. All you have to do is blend together frozen watermelon, St-Germain, gin, cranberry juice, lime, and mint. And that's it!
This recipe is perfect for a spring garden party or summer pool party since it's easy to make in a big batch.
Here's another boozy slushy that only requires five ingredients: rhubarb simple syrup, lime juice, tonic water, gin, and St-Germain.
If you haven't had rhubarb in a drink before, you're missing out! It's tart, tangy, and goes super well with gin. This recipe walks you through how to make your own rhubarb simple syrup, but you can also buy it pre-made at the store.
Similar to how you make ice cream, you make this drink by pouring the ingredients in a pan, popping it in the freezer, and stirring occasionally until it reaches your desired consistency.
This recipe uses thyme and blackberry to enhance the herbal, fruity flavors of St-Germain.
To make it, you muddle blackberries and thyme with a bit of St-Germain and lemon juice until the berries are fully mashed up. Then you strain the muddled mixture into a glass and top with more St-Germain, gin, and eldeflower tonic water.
It's dangerously drinkable and refreshing, and looks absolutely gorgeous in a glass!
For the recipe, you add St-Germain, gin, orange juice, lemon juice, and basil to a cocktail shaker, muddle the basil until aromatic, and then shake it all up. Strain into a cocktail glass with or without ice and enjoy!
In this recipe, you make a lavender and peach shrub out of peaches, lavender flowers, sugar, and vinegar. If you aren't familiar with shrub, it's a syrup made with vinegar, sugar, and usually fruit that adds a TON of flavor to cocktails.
For the actual drink, you shake up your peach and lavender shrub with gin, St-Germain, lemon juice, and egg white.
It's tangy, floral, and has a wonderfully frothy texture.
Which of these St-Germain and gin cocktails are you excited to try? Most of them are perfect for warm weather since they’re so refreshing. That said, there’s something celebratory and festive about St-Germain that makes it appropriate all year long!
If you have a favorite St-Germain and gin cocktail that wasn’t mentioned here, please let me know in the comment section below so I can check it out 🙂