August 19, 2010

Cool Cocktails: Elderflower Fizz

(Happy Birthday to Me!)

One of my favorite liqueurs is St. Germain, a French spirit infused with elderflower. Their website has a recipe for an Elderflower Gin & Tonic, but I think tonic water is too sweet, considering St. Germain liqueur is already sweet on its own. I made this version of their recipe and think it's much tastier and very refreshing on a hot summer day:

1 1/2 shots St. Germain

1 shot Tanqueray gin (infused for 3 days with fresh cilantro)

Soda water or seltzer

fresh cucumber slice

Pour the St. Germain and the gin in a shaker, shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Pour into chilled martini or highball glass. Add generous glug of club soda (I used seltzer) and garnish with a slice of cucumber. The cilantro in the gin and the cucumber make wonderful partners! Enjoy!

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