Tonight Molly and I stopped by the newly open Boston Shaker for a little shopping and a St. Germain cocktail.   This store is just fabulous– you can find tons of bitters, all sorts of cocktail equipment (think juicers, strainers, muddlers), and yum things like Luxardo maraschino cherries.  And owner Adam Lantheaume also has a great selection of books (I picked up The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David Embury) that are a cocktail nerd’s dream.  Can you see why I love for this place?

While perusing the library, we enjoyed a classic St. Germain cocktail: the delicious artisnal liqueur and proseco on the rocks with a lemon twist.  I love St. Germain– so much so that a couple summers ago was dubbed “the summer of St. Germain.”   Made from handpicked wild elderflower blossoms that have a short 2-3 week bloom in the foothills of the Alps, this stuff has a flavor that’s hard to describe.  Its enigmatic, yet familiar.  Its sweet with hints of lemon, grapefruit, melon, and maybe a little pear too.  It is just so delicious!  And its so versatile. Drink it simply with sparkling water and lemon, or in any number of your favorite cocktails like a French 75, a mojito, or a daiquiri, or just on the rocks with an orange twist.  It is so good one friend said he thinks it would even make gasoline taste good.  While that may be a slight exaggeration, it might also be kind of true.  St. Germain is pretty damn good.

Cheers!

This artisanal liqueur is made from handpicked wild elderflower blossoms that have a short 2-3 week bloom in the foothills of the Alps.
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