Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cocktails: St-Germain and the Main Squeeze

By Brooklyn Bill

The latest cocktail ingredient I've been playing around with is St-Germain, an incredibly delicious and wonderfully aromatic French liqueur made from elderflowers. It's captivating, beautiful, and elegant—and the perfect combination of fruity, floral, and sweet.

St-Germain is tasty enough on its own, but I had visions of combining it with flavors of orange and honey into a stellar cocktail I had planned to call the Orange Blossom. But that name has been taken. And taken. And taken.

The first version of my cocktail went thusly:

2 oz. St-Germain
2 oz. Cointreau*
2 oz. fresh-squeezed tangerine juice
1 oz. honey syrup**
Club soda

Shake the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a 12-ounce glass filled with ice cubes. Top off with a splash of club soda. Garnish with an orange or tangerine slice, if desired.

*My boy Dale DeGroff says Cointreau is the only orange liqueur worth buying.
**Equal parts honey and water shaken together until well combined.

I liked this drink pretty OK for a first attempt, but it was too busy and didn't let the St-Germain shine through. And neither Cointreau nor St-Germain is exactly cheap, so it seemed too costly a preparation as well. I decided to try a simpler, second version.

3 oz. St-Germain
3 oz. orange juice, preferably fresh squeezed
Club soda

Shake the St-Germain and the orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour, unstrained, into a 12-ounce glass. Top off with a splash of club soda. Garnish with an orange slice, if desired.

I loved this cocktail. It's utterly delicious and refreshing. I took a shakerful and my bottle of club soda to Bob and Jen's apartment the next evening to get a second opinion. They enjoyed it too and wisely pointed out that it would work best as a hot-weather drink. I can totally see myself getting hammered on these in the summer. (That's what she said.)

Yesterday I settled on a name for my creation that I'm quite pleased with: the Main Squeeze. Although it may not be as clever an application of that name as this one.


  1. The Main Squeeze sounds yummy....

  2. When you were talking about this at the party I thought you were talking about ICE CREAM! That's why I said "ICH!" Mark Heskin

  3. Mark, I think I mentioned using St-Germain in an ice cream. But not the whole Main Squeeze.