If you’re a fan of gin and tonics, shake things up by adding a splash of elderflower liqueur and savor every sip of your St. Germain Gin and Tonic Cocktail! I served these on the 4th of July and they were a HUGE hit!
A St. Germain Cocktail may be new to you, but if you love a good Gin and Tonic Recipe, I bet you’ll love this tasty twist on a classic.
Why You Should Make this St. Germain Cocktail
Are you familiar with St. Germain? Made with fresh, hand-picked elderflower blossoms, it’s an artisan French liqueur sold in a stunning art deco bottle. A few years ago, I stocked my liquor cabinet with this versatile spirit to make some festive Pear Cosmopolitans for my book club. This Elderflower Sangria also caught my attention.
The simple addition of this liqueur transforms a run-of-the-mill gin and tonic into a memorable cocktail. I’ve served this St. Germain drink to both my book club and to a dinner party with my neighbors and, it’s always the hit of the gathering!
Frequently Asked Questions
St. Germain is a French-made 40-proof liqueur made from elderberry blossoms, small, white star-shaped flowers that are harvested only 3 weeks of the year. More popular in Europe, St. Germain has gained fans in the US over the past few years. Sweet and floral, it’s a lovely compliment to both the gin and lime in a gin and tonic. Plus it turns a commonplace cocktail into something extraordinary!
Since it’s 40-proof and considered hard alcohol, there’s no need to keep an opened bottle in the refrigerator. I like keeping it chilled for a party to ensure the mixed cocktails are nice and cold!
Just add the St. Germain to your glass along with the gin. To differentiate it from an ordinary Gin and Tonic, try serving it with a sprig of fresh basil.
Have you made a St. Germain cocktail? Let me know your favorites!!
Tips for Making a St. Germain Gin and Tonic
If you like the classic gin and tonic, try this twist and you may never go back!! Here are a few tips for making this easy cocktail.
- I made this cocktail with a 1:2 ratio of gin to tonic. If you prefer, you can use a 1:1 ratio.
- I like my gin and tonics with lime, but you can also use lemon or even orange in place of the lime.
- Serve this cocktail “on the rocks,” meaning fill the glass with ice, then pour over the gin, St. Germain, and tonic water. A squeeze of lime is added before the ice.
- Use your favorite gin. I used Bombay Sapphire as it was one of my dad’s favorites. Inexpensive gin doesn’t belong in this cocktail!
How to Make a Gin and Tonic
- Use a Highball or Rocks Glass
- Fill the Glass with Ice
- Squeeze 1-2 lime wedges into the drink
- Add the gin, tonic and if using, St. Germain.
- Stir, garnish with a slice of lime, twist of lime, or sprig of basil.
More Saint Germain Cocktails You’ll Love:
- St Germain Margarita from Well Plated — Up your margarita game with this elderflower blossom liqueur
- St Germain Sparkler from Real Housemoms — SO easy to make and perfect for brunch or a cocktail party
- Blood Orange Mimosa with St Germain from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles — the gorgeous color is a bonus!
- Plus, I love this Lillet French Aperitif, this French 75, and this Classic Kir Royale. Check out all my Classic Cocktail Recipes, too.
- 1 wedge of lime (or lemon)
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
- 3 ounces tonic water
- 1 slice or a few thin lime wedges, a lime twist or a sprig of fresh basil to garnish, optional
- Squeeze the lime wedge into a "rocks" glass (short, wide glass). Fill glass with ice.
- Add gin, St. Germain and stir. Add tonic water and stir. Garnish with a slice of lime, add 2 or three lime wedges or a lime twist to the glass. It may also be garnished with a sprig of basil. Cheers!
I made this cocktail with a 1:2 ratio of gin to tonic. If you prefer, you can use a 1:1 ratio.
I like my gin and tonics with lime, but you can also use lemon or even orange in place of the lime.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g