What is St-Germain?
Mar 16, 2019SHARE
Every truly great French luxury brand became great by being thoughtful about, and obsessed with, every single detail. In 2007, Rob Cooper, a third-generation distiller, worked with some of the world’s top bartenders to create St-Germain. It was an exciting innovation in a tired liqueur category, lovingly referred to as “Parisian Life in a Bottle.” It has a reputation for elevating just about any cocktail you mix it with.
Elderflowers are a tiny, starry white flower which only blossoms for a few fleeting weeks each Spring. As St-Germain uses only fresh elderflowers (never dried or frozen like some other brands) the harvest is rare and valuable. The fresh flowers are then macerated in hot water (softening or breaking into pieces using a liquid), the recipe is a closely guarded secret however. The result if a 100% natural elderflower extraction that gives the liqueur its unique, fresh flavour. Unlike many competitors, no preservatives or stabilisers are used. This means that the pale golden colour of St-Germain may naturally darken over time.
Each bottle is stamped with its unique number, with the last 2 digits denoting the vintage year of the harvest.
St-Germain is a curious and remarkable balance of flavours giving the liquid a fresh, captivating flavour of elderflower reminiscent of tropical fruits, peach, pear and citrus with hints of honey suckle. Others have attempted to approximate its flavour, but none are willing to put in the amount of work and care to even come close. St-Germain is the original, the classic.
To enjoy a St-Germain spritz, head along to one of these partner bars in the month of March.
Regatta Rose Bay - 594 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay
Newtown Hotel 174 King St, Newtown
Terminus Hotel 61 Harris St, Pyrmont
Darlo Country Club 235 Victoria St, Darlinghurst
Avenue on Chifley 2 Chifley Square, Sydney
The Governor Hotel 9 Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park
QT Canberra 1 London Circuit, Canberra
Kokomo’s 1 Genge St, Canberra
Riverland 167 Eagle St, Brisbane City
Shangri La Hotel The Marina Pier Point Rd, Cairns City
Fiction Bar & Restaurant Shop 9&10/152 Shore St West, Cleveland
Port Lincoln Hotel 1 Lincoln Hwy, Port Lincoln
Mayfair Hotel 45 King William Street, Adelaide
Electra House 131 King William St, Adelaide
Sunny Boy Beach Club 212 Bay Trail, Mordialloc
Murphy’s 30 Aberdeen St, Geelong West
Freight Bar & Restaurant 49 Mair St E, Ballarat Central
GPO Restaurant 60-64 Pall Mall, Bendigo
Clarence’s Bar 566 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley
QT Hotel Perth 133 Murray St, Perth WA
Island Market 364 W Coast Dr, Trigg