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!
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25 Top St-Germain & Gin Cocktails
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!
The French Gimlet
To start us off, we have a classic elderflower and gin cocktail: the French Gimlet.
This is a riff on a classic Gimlet, which is traditionally made with sweetened lime juice and gin. The French Gimlet adds St-Germain to the mix, which makes the cocktail floral and extra refreshing.
It's perfect for warm weather, and should always be served "up" in a coup glass.
The Lavender French Gimlet
The Lavender French Gimlet is exactly what you would expect: a French Gimlet with the addition of a homemade lavender liqueur.
Thanks to the lavender liqueur, it has a beautiful purple hue. It's elegant, refreshing, and looks absolutely gorgeous in a coup.
This recipe uses similar ingredients to the French Gimlet, and it's just as tasty.
The main thing that differentiates it is the addition of dry vermouth, which is subtle, but adds a nice bitterness that rounds out the sweet, tart, and botanical flavors of the other ingredients.
It's a sophisticated cocktail that's always sure to please a crowd!
Elderflower Gin and Tonic
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.
St-Germain Gin and Tonic with Grapefruit
Speaking of elderflower G&Ts, here's another fun variation that incorporates fresh grapefruit juice and grapefruit bitters.
The bitter, pithiness of the grapefruit complements the gin and St-Germain fantastically well. Garnish with a spring of rosemary and you have a wonderfully aromatic, flavorful cocktail.
Strawberry St-Germain Gin and Tonic
Just one more twist on a G&T for the road!
This recipe involves muddling strawberries in a glass, then adding in your gin, St-Germain, and tonic water.
The more you muddle the strawberries, the more that flavor will shine through. It makes for a really aesthetically pleasing drink that's great for brunch!
Gin & Green Tea Cocktail
This cocktail highlights green tea, which goes phenomenally well with both gin and St-Germain thanks to its earthy, herbal flavors.
Shake together the green tea, gin, St-Germain, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice and strain into a coup glass for a dry, elegant, & tasty drink.
Grapefruit and Elderflower Cocktail
If you don't love the taste of tonic water but DO love grapefruit, this is the cocktail recipe for you.
It only requires three ingredients: gin, grapefruit juice, and St-Germain. Add it all to a cocktail shaker, shake it up, and serve in a coup with a sprig of rosemary or lavender.
Sparkling St Germain Cocktail
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.
Left Bank Martini
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!
Cucumber Elderflower Sour
Whenever I see a cocktail with cucumber, elderflower, and gin, I ALWAYS order it. To me, there's no better or more refreshing flavor combination, and you really can't go wrong.
The other ingredients in this recipe are vermouth, lemon juice, and egg white. So it's similar to a Gin Sour, and will be frothy, tart, a little bitter, and beyond refreshing.
Strawberry & Elderflower Collins
This recipe is a riff on a Tom Collins, which is a classic cocktail made with gin, lemon, sugar, and soda water.
For this cocktail, there are a few fun additions to the traditional ingredients, including green tea syrup, strawberries, St-Germain, and lime instead of lemon juice.
The herbal and earthy flavors of green tea will complement the botanical, light fruity flavors in the St-Germain and the gin like a dream!
Pear & Elderflower Collins
Here's another unique take on a Tom Collins!
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.
The Lumière Chartreuse Cocktail
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!
Holiday Gin Sour with Cherry and Rosemary Simple Syrup
While most St-Germain and gin drinks are great for warm weather, this combination is also super festive and can be used in cocktails all year long!
This cocktail was made with the holidays in mind, and combines unsweetened cherry juice, rosemary simple syrup, lime juice, and egg white with St-Germain and gin.
It's looks as good as it tastes, and you can expect it to be well-balanced between herbaceous, tart, and fruity.
Gin-gle All The Way Cocktail
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!
Cranberry Gin Shaker
This gorgeous cocktail was made with the holidays in mind, but it'd be great any time of year!
The four ingredients you need are St-Germain, gin, cranberry simple syrup, and lemon juice.
If it's not clear by now, tart, fruity flavors like cranberry go incredibly well with both St-Germain and gin, so this cocktail would definitely be a crowd pleaser.
Sparkling Tarragon Gin Lemonade
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.
Snap, Apple & Pop Cocktail
This cocktail is super unconventional, but that's what makes it so fun!
The ingredients are St-Germain, gin, apple juice, lime juice, sugar snap peas (yes, really), mint, and pop rocks for around the rim.
To make it, you muddle the mint and snap peas in a glass, then add in the rest of the ingredients with ice, shake it all up, and strain into a martini glass with a pop rock rim.
Although unexpected, the sugar snap peas would add a sweet, vegetal quality that would be absolutely delish!
Watermelon St-Germain Slush
Who doesn't love a boozy slushy!?
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.
Rhubarb Gin and Tonic Slushy
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.
Blackberry Gin Smash
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!
St Germain Lemon Basil Martini
The St Germain Lemon Basil Martini combines your favorite summer flavors of citrus and basil for a bright and refreshing cocktail! It's truly a garden party in a glass and perfect for warm weather sipping. As for ingredients, you just need St Germain, gin, lemon juice, and basil.
The secret to this cocktail is to add a few sprigs of basil and a piece of lemon peel to the shaker to give it an herbal complexity and make it extra citrusy and aromatic!
Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail
Here's another beautiful cocktail that marries citrus and ginger with St-Germain and gin.
Add lime, gin, St-Gemain, and ginger ale to a glass. Then slowly pour in blood orange juice and watch as the drink transforms from a simple, clear color to a beautiful deep red.
Blood orange juice is one of my favorite cocktail ingredients because it's the most GORGEOUS color and always gives a drink a "wow" factor.
Elderflower, Peach and Lavender Gin Sour
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 🙂