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Imagine you are strolling through the French countryside in late spring. The air is clean and crisp, the sun is shining down on the beautiful landscapes while the scent of fresh blooming elderflowers fills the air. Everything is green and lush. Life is beautiful.
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St. Germain is the world’s first handcrafted, all-natural elderflower liqueur. With flavor notes of citrus, pear, honeysuckle, cherry blossom and passion fruit, it is a beautiful component to your bar and adds a certain je ne sais quois to cocktails that is both alluring and intriguing. Add to a glass of champagne for an elegant twist on Sunday brunch or add to a stone fruit sangria for a new dimension of flavor that will entice the palate.
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St. Germain has found a place in almost every establishment that serves cocktails, as its delicate and floral flavor profile are a beautiful addition to many cocktail recipes. We have searched San Francisco for some of the best drinks that feature St. Germain.
Poppin’ bottles has never been more fun at the legendary Bubble Lounge which is one of the city’s most iconic spots since opening in late 90’s. Known for their extensive list of over 300 champagnes and wines as well as a full bar and artisanal menu, Bubble Lounge is ideal for kicking off a night in style and sipping on bubbles. Their Cashmere & Silk is a luscious blend of Grey Goose La Poire and St. Germain topped with Prosecco. Served in a flute, the essence of pear blends beautifully with St. Germain and the slightly sweet and dryness of the Prosecco enhances the floral flavors in this cocktail. Every sip rewards your mouth with bubbles tickling your tongue, and a delicious taste of sweet pear and notes of lingering honeysuckle. For a pre-dinner drink, this is a sexy drink for a hot night in the city. We have to agree with Bette Davis as she once stated, “There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of Champagne.” There also comes a time when the only thing that helps in a splash of St. Germain in your glass of bubbles.
Known for their amazing brunch menu, Luna Park is one of San Francisco’s best kept secrets that features a menu with both Italian and French influence as well as American and Asian inspired dishes. With a cocktail menu that delights, we fell in love with their Two Steps to Brazil that is made with Cachaça, Vida Mezcal, Lime and St. Germaine. Cachaça, which is widely produced in Brazil, is made from fermented sugarcane and is widely known there as ‘pinga.’ Known as the mother of tequila, mezcal is produced in Oaxaca, Mexico and is one of the finests and purest spirits in the world. Vida Mezcal opens with hints of honey, vanilla and roast agave while finishing with flavors of ginger, cinnamon and banana. The blend of Cachaça and Vida Mezcal is harmonious as the two compliment each other and the addition of St. Germain brings a floral accent to this complex cocktail.
Sexy Southern cuisine at its best, 1300 On Fillmore is known for their innovative menu with flavorful spins on southern classics such as Black Skillet Roasted Catfish, Spiced Fat Fries and White Truffle Macaroni n’ Cheese. They also offer a cocktail menu filled with tempting libations and we found one that is sure to wet your whistle….Pear Flower. Made with Absolut Pear, St. Germain, fresh grapefruit and and lemon juice, this is sure to delight as the sweet pear flavor from the vodka and tartness of the grapefruit combine with the floral fruitiness of the St. Germain and yield a refreshing cocktail that you will want to sip and savor. The fruity concoction of pear, grapefruit and citrus will overwhelm your senses as the sweet perfume of elderflower tickles your nostrils.
As summer winds down and fall weather nears, be sure to capture the beauty of the city while sipping on the timeless taste of St. Germain.