The Fizzy St Germain Cocktail is light and sparkly, just a little sweet, and just a little tangy. It's easy to make and definitely easy to drink.
When I was growing up in the 1960s cocktails were a thing. Watching Madmen was always almost like a visit to my childhood despite the drama... well... maybe because of it. Anyway, between the fashions, the lifestyle, and the strained relationship between the main characters it was very familiar to me.
One of the scenes had the elementary age daughter mixing drinks for her father and some guests. I remember those days well. It might seem odd, and maybe even a little irresponsible, to 21st century parents but back then girls were groomed to be good corporate wives and one of the things a good corporate wife did, besides look pretty, was to mix a good cocktail. I could put together a perfectly stirred martini by the time I could do long division.
The legal drinking age was 18 when I was a teen so I spent weekends during my senior year on Northwest Highway where all of the clubs were located. It was then that I moved past the classic Old Fashioneds and Martinis and discovered Mai Tais, Pina Coladas, and Strawberry Daiquiris.
The I got married and we didn't have alcohol around for a variety of reasons. Then I got divorced and spent time getting to know myself again. During that time I rediscovered a lot of things that I had let slip away and and one of those, oddly enough, was mixing cocktails. Now my bar is overflowing thanks to clients and client projects. Once in awhile I play mad scientist and concoct mixtures that I think will be good. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't.
St Germain is one of those things that I love. Sweet and faintly flowery, this elderflower liqueur brings a unique flavor to anything it's mixed with. Stone's Original Ginger is, if I am not mistaken, a ginger wine. Luxardo is an imported liquor with a faint cherry flavor but it's not sweet at all and it helps to balance the sweetness here. This cocktail is light and fizzy, a little sweet and a little tangy. Let me know what you think.
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I like to serve these in an on the rocks glass. Technically they should be served in a tall, narrow high ball glass I suppose. I like a heavier glass, too. These are kind of the best of both worlds. They are nice and heavy and they sort of narrow at the top, which helps keep the fizz where it belongs -- in your cocktail. If you are in the market for barware check these glasses out. I love the simplicity.
Give this a try and let me know what you think... Cheers, y'all!
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- 1 ½ ounces of St Germain
- 1 ounce Stone's Original Ginger
- ½ ounce Luxardo
- ¼ ounce lemon juice
- 5 ice cubes
- 4 ounces club soda
- 1 cherry or other garnish as desired
- Add the St Germain, Ginger, Luxardo, lemon juice, and ice cubes to a shaker.
- Shake well.
- Strain into an on the rocks glass.
- Top with club soda.
- Add a cherry if desired.
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