Original Drink: The Elder-Upper
If you didn’t know already, St. Germain, the makers of the impeccable elderflower liqueur, are holding a cocktail contest, their 5th Annual Can-Can Classic. The challenge? Create an original drink using at least one ounce of St. Germain that exhibits Originality and Taste, to be judged by Representatives of St. Germain…and Martha Stewart’s editorial staff (Hey, they’re co-sponsors this year, no avoiding it). Grand Prize? A trip to Paris or $10,000. Runners up get St. Germain bicycles, perfect for gathering your very own elderflower blossoms in the Swiss Alps.
For me, a significant part of the challenge is the fact that I’ve always found St. G. a bit difficult to mix with. While it’s very distinct, sweet, and wonderfully floral — almost like honeysuckle, but with notes of tropical fruit — I find Germain subtle enough to disappear in cocktails unless used with comparatively mild ingredients or added in large doses (which tends to result in overly-sweet cocktails — it is a liqueur, after all). Interestingly, though, St. Germain also seems to act as a blending agent, helping to combine disparate flavors. Oh, and it always goes remarkably well with champagne: just tip a little bit into the bottom of a flute filled with your favorite bubbly.
All that being said, here’s one of my entries, an Autumnal take on the Corpse Reviver No. 2, the…
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