St. Germain is a french liqueur made from elderflowers. The vibrant white flowers are harvested by hand and macerated by a secret process to yield a liqueur with hints of pear, peach and grapefruit. The result is a sweet fragrant liqueur that makes practically any cocktail better. Really. It makes a great margarita better, turns low cost champagne into magic and makes even low cost whisky palatable. Each bottle is individually numbered and should be consumed with six months. This martini recipe is adapted from a cocktail I had at Postrio in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. I was out of vodka and sampled this Hope French Organic Vodka at Total Wine. It is filtered five times (the same amount as expensive brands like Belvedere), is made from organic wheat, scored at 84 at underthelabel.com and clocks in at $11. It tastes pretty smooth and has a tiny bit of a spicy aftertaste. It works perfectly for martinis.
St. Germain Martini
- 2 oz. Hope French Organic Vodka
- 1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- 1 tsp. Agave Nectar
- Juice of a half of a lime
- Lemon-Lime Sparkling Water
Chill a martini glass by filling it with ice cubes and set aside. In a martini shaker filled with ice, add vodka, St. Germain, agave and lime juice. Mix well and pour into chilled martini glass (If you want a rimmed glass, rub lime around the edge of the glass and dip into sugar). Top off with an ounce or two of sparkling water and enjoy!