Made from handpicked elderflowers native to France, St-Germain makes an elegant addition to feasts and fêtes both formal and relaxed. Its subtle flavor allows it to pair easily with complementary spirits. A classic celebratory pairing combines St-Germain with champagne, but bartenders in Los Angeles are using it with more than just bubbly. Vodka, gin, rye, rum, tequila and bourbon all play well with St-Germain. See Eater's map of where to find St-Germain in and out of the bottle. À votre santé!
M Street Kitchen opened earlier this year on Main Street in Santa Monica and has been a bustling bar scene ever since. Westsiders meet friends and neighbors after yoga; Eastsiders go to pick up English muffins at the bakery. At some point, locals have met barman Justin Murakami who mixes and muddles his way through each cocktail on the seasonal list. Now currently on offer is the Blossom, created especially with St-Germain in mind. "We have these nice small carafes that we serve the drink in, with a glass of ice on the side. It makes for an elegant presentation," notes manager Mark Williams. The recipe combines St-Germain with Champagne, but adds extra bubbles and peach liquor too. The warm, sunny notes in the peach liquor bring out the elderflower in St-Germain, while the alcohol in the Champagne also stands out. It's a sweet sort of punch, the one you go back for again and again.
Build in a 12 oz carafe:
1 oz St-Germain
3 oz Champagne
Fill with soda
Finish with a splash of peach liqour