St. Germain Champagne Cocktail

St. Germain Champagne Cocktail

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 1 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 1 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Although mimosas and Bloody Mary's get top billing when it comes to a brunch beverage, a St. Germain champagne cocktail is also a wonderful choice. The floral, sweet, and very unique taste of St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur, pairs beautifully with champagne, making for a less fruity mimosa that is a nice change of pace. This drink also tastes great with both sweet and savory foods, meaning it is the perfect cocktail to serve at brunch.

The traditional recipe calls for soda water and champagne, along with the liqueur, served over ice, but this variation of simply champagne and St. Germain is extremely delicious as well (and packs more of a punch). Garnish with lemon peel, raspberries, or strawberries for a fresh and colorful finishing touch.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces St. Germain liqueur
  • 3 1/2 ounces dry champagne (or sparkling wine)
  • Garnish: lemon peel, strawberries, or raspberries

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    St. Germain Champagne Cocktail ingredients

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  2. Fill each champagne flute with 1/2 ounce St. Germain liqueur.

    St. Germain liqueur in a champagne flute

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  3. Top the glasses with dry champagne or sparkling wine. 

    St. Germain liqueur and champagne in a champagne flute

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  4. Garnish as desired.

    St. Germain Champagne Cocktail

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  5. Enjoy.

Non-Alcoholic Version

If you prefer a non-alcoholic variation of this cocktail, you can use an elderflower drink concentrate or syrup. It has all the same flavor without the alcohol. Mix 2 ounces with 3 1/2 ounces seltzer for a perfect, refreshing non-alcoholic beverage that makes it feel like summer no matter the time of year.

What Is St. Germain?

St. Germain is made from elderflower, a flower that is used to make cordials, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks. Elderflower grows in the United Kingdom and it is a tradition to use them to make homemade cordials in the summertime. In 2007, the elderflower liqueur was released under the name St. Germain, giving this versatile spirit a more prominent place on the liquor store shelves. St. Germain pairs nicely with not only champagne but also gin, vodka, white wine, and whiskey. It can also be enjoyed over ice on its own.

Recipe Variations

  • Elderflower Grapefruit Mimosa: Add 2 to 3 tablespoons (1 to 1 1/2 ounces) grapefruit juice. Garnish with fruit or fresh herbs such as thyme.
  • Blood Orange Mimosa: Add about 1 ounce freshly squeezed blood orange juice to the St. Germain.
  • Elderflower Guava Mimosa: Include an ounce or so of guava nectar along with the liqueur.
  • Elderflower Mimosa: Add a splash of St. Germain to a traditional mimosa recipe.

Best Champagne for This Cocktail

When mixing the bubbly stuff with other ingredients to make a cocktail, you don't want to use that very expensive bottle you've been saving for a special occasion. This drink calls for a tasty but affordable champagne—or another type of sparkling wine, such as Cava or Prosecco.

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