Art of L'Apéritif: St. Germain Spritz Cocktail

July 21, 2017

The French and l'apéritf (or l'apéro for short) is nothing new.  It's similar to "Happy Hour" or "cocktails" in America.  The purpose of this French ritual is to stimulate your appetite before dinner, usually with a simple alcoholic beverage.  The apéro is also an opportunity to be surrounded by good company and enjoy the French way of life.  Today, I want to share one of my favorites for apéro.  St. Germain Spritz is perfect for the apéro, especially during the summer.  I like this drink because it's refreshing and has a fragrant flavor thanks to the St. Germain liqueur, which is made from elderflowers and it just so happens to be one of my favorite French liqueurs.  Here's a simple recipe so you can make your own:  
St. Germain Spritz
(Serving size:  1)

40ml St. Germain French liqueur
60 ml sparkling water or club soda (I used San Pe [Sohn Pay]...short for San Pellegrino)
60 ml Prosecco or sparkling wine
Ice cubes enough to fill a tall 'collins' glass (I didn't have one so I used my champagne flute)
Garnish with lavender (as pictured) or slice of lemon or mint

1.  Fill the glass with ice.
2.  Pour prosecco or sparkling wine over the ice.
3.  Add St. Germain
4.  Top it off with sparkling water
5.  Add a garnish.  Here I added a garnish of lavender since I had some available.  Voilà!

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