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Review: St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur (2021)

St. Germain hit the scene in 2007 and was an immediate smash, including with this reviewer when we formally covered it in 2010. The lychee-like flavor of elderflower proved itself to be endlessly versatile, to the point where, today, putting St. Germain in a cocktail is considered a bit passe — almost cheating, depending on the mixologist.

I tasted a fresh bottling to see if anything had changed with the brand in the last 11 years and I’m happy to say it hasn’t. It’s not a “serious” liqueur, really, filled with that pineapple-meets-lychee-meets-white-flowers character, seductively sweet with a distinct vanilla/caramel bent, but never overpoweringly sugary. The finish sees more floral notes than I remember (and the lightest hint of bitterness), but those elements meld prettily with the more tropical attack.

I gave St. Germain an A+ back in the day, and while I’m tempering that a touch here, it’s still an excellent and versatile product — one of the most essential liqueurs that anyone should have in their bar, really. As I recommended back in the day, put a splash in your favorite cocktail and see what happens. You may not be breaking new ground any more, but I’m pretty sure you’ll still have a really great time with whatever you end up with.

Note: Keep St. Germain out of the sun, as its color is prone to darkening considerably when exposed to light.

Aka St-Germain. 40 proof.

A / $37 / stgermain.fr [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

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St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur (2021)

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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3 Comments

  1. Gabrielle April 14, 2021

    Love your spot-on reviews and St. Germain. What are your thoughts on whether to use it in an old -fashioned?

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  2. ApplejackTAC April 14, 2021

    Phil Ward of famed NYC bar Death & Co created a drink called the “Elder Fashioned” back in 2007. It’s basically a gin old fashioned sweetened with St. Germain, though you can certainly swap out the base with another spirit of your choosing.

    2 oz gin
    .5 oz St. Germain
    2 ds orange bitters
    Grapefruit swath garnish

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  3. ApplejackTAC April 14, 2021

    If you’re looking for other St. Germain recipes, Seattle based bartender Jamie Boudreau started collecting recipes and publishing them on a blog. As Chris said, St. Germain has fallen out of favor with most craft bartenders (and I’d argue has been for quite awhile), so it hasn’t been updated in a decade. But there are quite a few good recipes if you’re looking to use up a bottle.

    https://stgermaincocktails.wordpress.com

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