We recently got in a new liqueur from one of our distributors an elderflower blossom liqueur called St. Elder. Bottled in Somerville, it’s a much more affordable than more well-known French counterpart, St. Germain. Since I’m pretty obsessed with St. Germain, but can’t always afford to keep a bottle on hand (it’s an investment!), I’m really excited to have an alternative in the store.
As you might expect from something made from flowers, it’s quite, well, floral. There’s a definite complexity to it, with pear, peach, and grapefruit notes. Its sweetness makes it a great cocktail mixer. It can be used with vodka, gin, wine, cachaca– really any white liquor that lets the unique florality come through.
If you’ve never had elderflower liqueur, give St. Elder a try. For $16.99 a bottle, it won’t break the bank, and is a great addition to your home bar. If you aren’t sure how to use it, here’s a recipe that’s a slight twist on a classic French 75 cocktail:
1 oz. Gin
1 oz. St. Elder
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup (or 2 tsp. superfine sugar)
Prosecco (or any other sparkling wine)
Lemon peel (optional)
Combine gin, St. Elder, lemon juice, and simple syrup in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a champagne flute. Top with the prosecco. Garnish with a lemon peel, if desired.
As the weather (eventually) gets warmer, it makes a great light, refreshing drink just mixed with club soda and a little lemon juice:
1 1/2 oz St. Elder
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
Fill a tall glass with ice, and add the lemon juice and the liqueur. Top with club soda and garnish with a few thin lemon slices.
Hope is a Lexington-native and French-obsessed sales associate. Her favorite wines are from the Cotes du Rhone, and she sometimes bribes the rest of staff with cookies.