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St-Germain in Spring

Sipping this makes me feel classy as hell, even while I'm surrounded by chaos and tantrums

In just a couple minutes you can easily mix up a low-ABV cocktail that's perfect for a warm spring day. Or if you live in the PNW like me, a rainy spring day.

St-Germain is a French liqueur made from fresh elderflowers, handpicked once a year in late spring. Just writing that makes me feel fancy. Its wild, natural sweetness and floral flavor is the perfect accent to mixers like tonic, grapefruit juices and non-alcoholic champagnes.

St. Germain in Spring Recipe
St. Germain liqueur and grapefruit make for a perfectly balanced, light drink.

St. Germain is a staple on my bar cart - actually I don't have a cute bar cart because I have children who will destroy anything cute like that, so I hide all my ingredients in a cheap old cabinet from Craigslist. Anyways, with just a few drops of this liqueur you can easily enhance and elevate a low-ABV cocktail.

St. Germain in Spring Low-ABV Recipe
St. Germain tastes pleasantly floral, herbal and slightly sweet so you can skip simple syrups and sweeteners.

I love this cocktail because it requires no prep ahead of time, no fresh squeezed juices, and can be thrown together in under a minute. The St. Germain stands in for simple syrup with its own sweetness, so do additional sweeteners are necessary. Translation: you don’t need to plan ahead and make simple syrup. Cheers to that!



  • 2 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

  • 2 oz grapefruit juice

  • 3 oz grapefruit soda (plain is fine too!)


Fill a tall glass or wine glass with ice. Gently mix all ingredients with a spoon. Top with a sliver of grapefruit or lemon twist.

Total ABV: 4.8% per 7oz serving over ice.*

*ABV calculations are based on exact recipe ingredients included. Any modifications may alter the ABV content.

Watch me make this cocktail on Instagram


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