Top five St Germain cocktails

In the August issue we championed refreshing new liqueur, St Germain (read more about it in the Drink News section of the magazine, page 50), made with wild elderflowers. It's a great way to jazz up a glass of prosecco, or in a cocktail. Here are our top five cocktails:

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The St Germain Cocktail

2 shots Champagne or Sauvignon Blanc
1½ shot St Germain
2 shots sparkling water or club soda

Method: stir ingredients in a tall ice filled Collins glass mixing it completely. Think of Paris circa 1947. Garnish with a lemon twist

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English Garden

2 shots Bulldog Gin
2½ shots pressed apple juice
1 shot St Germain
½ shot freshly squeezed lime juice

Method: shake all ingredients and strain into an ice filled glass and garnish with three slices of cucumber

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The Pear Tree Martini

1½ shots pear vodka
1½ shots of St Germain
¼ shots fresh lime or sour mix

Method: shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a slice of pear

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The French Gimlet

2 shots vodka or gin
1¼ shots St Germain
½ shot fresh lime

Method: pour all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with lime

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St Rita

1½ shots Partida Tequila Blanco
1½ shots St Germain
¼ shot of freshly squeezed lime juice

Method: shake all ingredients with ice and pour into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge (salted rim optional)