The Saint’s Elixir – a St. Germain cocktail

You’ve been there before. You have some friends coming over; maybe your parents; maybe a new girl – and you need a drink recipe that shows you put some thought into it, but doesn’t require you to spend days infusing a spirit, researching the right wine, or creating your own set of syrups. This is that recipe.

In a cocktail environment largely overrun by rum and cokes, red bull vodkas, and cranberry vodkas, it’s tough to remember that there are mixtures out there that are almost just as simple and taste better.

Enter St. Germain.

Have you heard of it? Perhaps you have, but it’s very likely the next person visiting your kitchen hasn’t. They’ve heard of it too? Whatever, this stuff tastes great so you should still make it. This liqueur is made from elderflowers picked in the Alps. If you buy the bottle, you can literally see a photo of the poor guy who is picking these beautiful flowers so that they can be liquified for your drinking pleasure. Mix this up for a refreshing drink:


  • St. Germain (duh)
  • Pineapple juice
  • Decent vodka
  • Club soda


  • In a cocktail mixer, add ice.
  • Add a shot of St. Germain.
  • Add a shot of vodka
  • Add a shot of pineapple juice
  • Close the shaker and shake vigorously until moisture forms on the exterior.
  • Take a 8-10 oz glass and add a few cubes.
  • Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass.
  • Add a splash of club soda, and you’re done.

I recommend you try this on your own first and modify as necessary. Add more or less pineapple juice depending upon how sweet you want it, and try lychee juice instead of pineapple juice if you want to mix it up a bit.


Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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