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St-Germain Spritz

St-Germain Spritz

Makes 1 Servings

Spritzes use mixers and ice, so skip pricey Champagne.

August 2015


  • 4 ounces dry Prosecco or other sparkling white wine

  • 1½ ounces St.-Germain (elderflower liqueur)

  • Club soda

  • Fresh lavender (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Pour Prosecco into an ice-filled large wine or rocks glass. Add St-Germain and top off with club soda. Gently stir together; garnish with lavender.

Recipe by Rick Martinez


Photos by Ted Cavanaugh

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Created in 2006 by yours truly ahead of the launch of St-Germain elderflower liqueur. It went on to become the brand's signature drink.

Our Spritz page contains information on the history of, and other recipes for, the Spritz family of cocktails.


There are approximately 122 calories in one serving of Elderflower Spritz (St-Germain Cocktail).

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Created in 2007 by late spirits pioneer Rob Cooper, St-Germain is a French elderflower liqueur that quickly become a staple in craft cocktail bars around the world. So much so that the liqueur once earned the nickname “bartender’s ketchup.” The liqueur is made with fresh elderflowers that are hand-picked once a year in the late spring, with each bottle containing up to 1,000 of the little blossoms. Throughout history, aromatic elderflower blossoms were widely praised for their medicinal properties, but fortunately, you don’t need a prescription to enjoy this delicious cordial today.

The St-Germain Cocktail (sometimes called the St-Germain Spritz or Elderflower Spritz) was created by Simon Difford to coincide with the launch of the product. His recipe featured sauvignon blanc, while today it’s more common to use sparkling wine. Fresh and delicate, St-Germain combines well with both ingredients, and either combination yields the perfect aperitif for a breezy summer evening.

The St-Germain Cocktail employs a similar strategy as the Aperol Spritz. Both pair a low-ABV liqueur with sparkling wine and club soda for ultimate refreshment. But the Aperol Spritz chooses Italian-made prosecco, while the St-Germain Cocktail often features Champagne for an extra French flair. The elderflower lends a floral sweetness to the dry, bubbly wine, while the club soda balances that sweetness with a dose of dilution and more effervescence.

Born during the craft cocktail revival, St-Germain’s fast success spawned other elderflower liqueurs, so these days, you have options. But while any of these products can make a good drink, you can’t make a true St-Germain Cocktail without St-Germain. Once you have your ingredients, the drink is very easy to assemble. You simply build it in the glass, no stirring or shaking required. It’s a great option for solo serves, but if you need to serve a crowd, you can simply scale up the ingredients and add them to a pitcher or punch bowl.

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Mom. The person in your life who is there for you whenever you’re sad, happy, worried, and is always on your side. How do you begin to celebrate her or him (let’s be honest some parents pull double duty) on the one day dedicated to them — Mother’s Day?

Well, it can be with oodles of homemade crafts (throwback to spaghetti necklaces) or maybe a day of pampering. But, mom should always be served up a beautiful spritz to reflect the queen she is. And this year, we’re here to help.

Whether you two are doing a fancy meal at home or maybe just cocktails in the backyard we’ve rounded up 12 awesome spritz cocktail recipes you need to spoil her with. With the spring weather blooming, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a bubbly, delicious, and simple cocktail she is sure to love.

St Germain Spritz Courtesy of St-Germain


  • 2 oz Brut Champagne
  • 1 ½ oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 oz Sparkling Water

Instructions: Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Champagne first, then St-Germain, then Club Soda. Stir completely and then garnish with a lemon twist.

D’USSE In Full Bloom Courtesy of D’USSE VSOP

Prep: Lemon twist for a garnish


  • 1 ½ oz D’USSE VSOP Cognac
  • ¾ oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • Top Martini & Rossi Prosecco

Method: Add D’USSE and St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute. Top with chilled Martini & Rossi Prosecco.

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Instructions: Take a large wine glass and fill it up with ice. Add Chambord, white wine and soda.

Castle & Key Roots of Ruin Gin Spritz Courtesy of Castle & Key Roots of Ruin Gin

  • 1.5oz Castle & Key Roots of Ruin Gin
  • 4 fresh mint leaves
  • 1tbsp of sugar
  • 2oz Prosecco

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a large balloon glass with ice, stir and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Icelandic Lady Courtesy of Reyka Vodka


  • 1 oz Reyka Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Aperol
  • 1/2 oz Honey Syrup (1:1)
  • 1/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Top with Champagne or Prosecco

Instructions: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Serve in flute, top with champagne or prosecco and garnish with a lemon peel.

Paloma Rosada Courtesy of Milagro Select Reposado


  • 1 1/2 oz Milagro Select Reposado
  • 1/2 oz Solerno Blood Orange
  • 1/2 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 oz ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz pink Prosecco
  • Grapefruit or blood orange peel

Instructions: Combine all ingredients except prosecco and shake well. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with prosecco and garnish with grapefruit or blood orange peel.

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  • 1 ½ oz Monkey Shoulder
  • ½ oz Aperol
  • ½ oz honey syrup
  • ¾ oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • Top with soda
  • Grapefruit twist

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  • 1 hibiscus flower in syrup
  • ½ oz Blue Mountain Gin
  • ½ oz Blood Orange Cointreau
  • Top with chilled Prosecco

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Apple of My Eye Courtesy of Mionetto Master Mixologist, Justin Noel

  • 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz apricot liqueur
  • 1 oz apple cider
  • 1 oz apple brandy
  • 2 oz Mionetto Prestige Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut
  • Angostura bitters (optional)
  • Apple slices for garnish

Instructions: Combine lemon juice, apricot liqueur, apple cider and apple brandy in a mixing glass. Ice then, shake. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Top with Mionetto Prosecco. Stir all the ingredients together and top the cocktail with apple slices and a few drops of bitters.

Amalfi Spritz Courtesy of Ruffino


  • 3 ozs Ruffino Prosecco
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • ¾ oz Aperol
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • Lime wheel

Instructions: Combine ingredients into a wine glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Sparkling Peach Cocktail Courtesy of La Marca


  • 3 oz. La Marca Prosecco
  • 2 oz. E. & J. Peach Brandy
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • ½ oz. orange liqueur
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  • 1½ oz. La Marca Prosecco
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  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
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Cocktail Hour: St Germain Spritz

Picture this… it was back in August on my 22nd birthday. I was stuck in Manchester airport with a 4-hour delay on my flight to Jerez and had plenty of time to kill. So of course my solution to the delay was trying out a new spritz in the airport bar. The drink was just so good that it’d be a crime not to sure it with you. So here’s how to make a St Germain Spritz. This post may contain affiliate links.


Double shot gin (my go-to for cocktails is Bombay Sapphire)

Single shot St Germain elderflower liqueur

150ml tonic (I use Fever Tree tonic)

Slice of lime, for the garnish


Fill half of your glass with ice (I normally go for a balloon-style glass)

Add the gin, St Germain liqueur and prosecco into the glass

Top up with the tonic water

Finish with a slice or two of lime (maybe a squeeze of lime juice as well!)

Looking at the ingredients list I have to admit it does seem like a pretty boozy cocktail! But, given that it’s topped with 150ml of tonic water and full of ice, it’s more of a long drink. I definitely see this as an alternative to an Aperol Spritz in the sense that it’s a light, afternoon drink that you’d sip on for a while. Plus, the fact that it’s got a lot in it means it’s a drink that would last you a lot longer than your usual glass of prosecco!

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Have you tried a St Germain Spritz before? What are your thoughts on it as a cocktail? Let me know in the comments.

2. Hugo Spritz

Kritika Narula

This Italian cocktail is a personal favorite of mine, since I’m a huge fan of floral flavors, but if you’ve never had elderflower before, don’t be afraid. It’s the perfect balance of light, refreshing, and sweet, and it’s sure to upgrade your aperitif cocktail experience. The Hugo Spritz goes by many names, such as “St. Germain Spritz”or “Elderflower Spritz,” but regardless of what you wanna call it, it’s beyond delicious. Just like the Aperol Spritz, it’s all too easy to make, but it’s a step in the sweeter direction than the classic, but is by no means overly so, since the floral notes balance out the sweet.

2. Add one or two lime slices, to taste.

3. For best taste, roll washed mint in between your palms, rip into smaller pieces, and drop into glasses. About four to six leaves per glass will do.

4. Pour in about two tablespoons of St. Germain.

5. Top off with equal parts Prosecco and Club Soda.

St. Germain is the most popular of the elderflower liqueurs, but any brand will do… especially since they are generally less expensive.Sparkling rosé is an excellent way to spice up the classic if you’re a rosé fan.

Since it’s so light and refreshing, but still has that sweeter undertone, it pairs well with almost any brunch dish.

Cucumber Vodka Elderflower Cocktail

This cucumber vodka elderflower cocktail is SO refreshing that you&rsquoll want to make it every summer night and every weekend for brunch.

It&rsquos light and floral from the elderflower while also crisp from the cucumber vodka.

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What is St. Germain?

St. Germain is an elderflower liqueur that is rising in popularity! It&rsquos made from the elderflower, shocking, I know, which is picked in the French Alps.

I feel fancy just talking about it.

The elderflower itself is a tiny white flower that gives drinks a really lovely bright and floral taste.

What else can I make with cucumber vodka?

Why not try this Cucumber Moscow Mule if you&rsquore looking for another cucumber vodka recipe! It&rsquos so light and refreshing and only takes a few ingredients to make.

The cucumber and ginger beer make a perfect pairing for a drink you&rsquoll want to keep going back to again and again!

How do I make simple syrup?

It&rsquos easy! All you&rsquoll need to do is boil equal parts sugar and water together until the sugar dissolves. It&rsquos such an easy thing to make to have on hand for just about whatever you can think of.

I&rsquove got a great guide on how to make simple syrup if you&rsquore looking for more ideas or a detailed instructions.

Do I need to use real lime juice in this cucumber elderflower cocktail?

Not at all! I like to keep around bottled lime juice for cocktails since it&rsquos such a staple.

I would avoid any sweetened lime juice to avoid changing the flavors. Something that is 100% juice or juice from concentrate are good bets.

Looking for other fun summer cocktails? Why not try out these:

  • Cantaloupe Basil Coolers &ndash These drinks are made from peak summer produce. I love using fresh cantaloupe to give it a bright flavor.
  • Summer Sangria &ndash This sangria is always a hit! Feel free to use as many fruits as possible to make it your own.

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The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Fill each champagne flute with 1/2 ounce St. Germain liqueur.

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Top the glasses with dry champagne or sparkling wine.

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Non-Alcoholic Version

If you prefer a non-alcoholic variation of this cocktail, you can use an elderflower drink concentrate or syrup. It has all the same flavor without the alcohol. Mix 2 ounces with 3 1/2 ounces seltzer for a perfect, refreshing non-alcoholic beverage that makes it feel like summer no matter the time of year.

What Is St. Germain?

St. Germain is made from elderflower, a flower that is used to make cordials, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks. Elderflower grows in the United Kingdom and it is a tradition to use them to make homemade cordials in the summertime. In 2007, the elderflower liqueur was released under the name St. Germain, giving this versatile spirit a more prominent place on the liquor store shelves. St. Germain pairs nicely with not only champagne but also gin, vodka, white wine, and whiskey. It can also be enjoyed over ice on its own.

Recipe Variations

  • Elderflower Grapefruit Mimosa: Add 2 to 3 tablespoons (1 to 1 1/2 ounces) grapefruit juice. Garnish with fruit or fresh herbs such as thyme.
  • Blood Orange Mimosa: Add about 1 ounce freshly squeezed blood orange juice to the St. Germain.
  • Elderflower Guava Mimosa: Include an ounce or so of guava nectar along with the liqueur.
  • Elderflower Mimosa: Add a splash of St. Germain to a traditional mimosa recipe.

Best Champagne for This Cocktail

When mixing the bubbly stuff with other ingredients to make a cocktail, you don't want to use that very expensive bottle you've been saving for a special occasion. This drink calls for a tasty but affordable champagne—or another type of sparkling wine, such as Cava or Prosecco.

Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Happy hour feels so much fancier with this elderflower gin cocktail.

Some things are just meant to go together: peanut butter and jelly, wine and cheese, salt and pepper. Well, we&rsquod also put elderflower liqueur and gin in that camp of two disparate things that instantly become more delicious when paired up. Dry, herbal gin combined with sweet, floral elderflower liqueur tastes like a refreshing garden party. So what&rsquos the best way to enjoy these two classy spirits? In this elderflower gin cocktail, served ice cold on an unseasonably warm day (perhaps as a precursor to a nice spring dinner?). Spring, we&rsquore ready for ya!

This drink is basically a cucumber elderflower gimlet with a fizz, made from English cucumber, elderflower liqueur (such as St-Germain), plenty of fresh lime juice, and a topper of sparkling wine or club soda. It&rsquos a cool cucumber drink that&rsquos perfect for the first days of spring right through the final, balmy days of summer. It&rsquoll fit right in with your usual classic cocktail rotation or become your new go-to summer drink recipe.

Just muddle cucumber and mint together in the bottom of a pitcher, stir in gin, lime juice and elderflower liqueur, then add sparkling wine or club soda. Top with cucumber slices and sliced limes, then serve each cocktail over ice with cucumber ribbons that make the prettiest (easy!) garnish. Cheers!

Watch the video: ST-GERMAIN SPRITZ (October 2021).