St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
St. Germain // France
St. Germain took the cocktail world by storm when it debuted as the first available elderflower liqueur in 2007. To make the liqueur, elderflower petals are macerated in grape eau-de-vie, with the resulting combination then sweetened. St. Germain was created by the late Robert Cooper, and is now a part of the Bacardi portfolio.
Floral LiqueursFloral profiles dominate the flavor of these liqueurs but other ingredients may be used. Elderflower, violets, rose are very common and the liqueur is often brightly colored. Often neutral spirit is used to form the base, but other spirits such as gin are used.
"Aggressively elderflower and floral on the nose, with grapefruit, grape spirit, and in the background, a surprising touch of coffee grounds. The palate showcases grape jelly, rose water, lychee, apricots, honey, and key lime pie. A short finish breezes past with dreams of fragrant dewy mornings."