I recently did an interview for Blendabout.com, a social dinning website that matches people with common interests into small groups for meals at restaurants all over the country. BlendAbout schedules group meals for approximately six people that share the same interests, allowing users to connect and mingle comfortably. They asked me all about cocktails, a topic I do know a thing-or-two about! I wanted to create a cocktail that was something guests would be impressed by, with a unique flavor profile, and could be made easily in large quantities.
Since I love St. Germain which is an elderflower flavored liqueur, I knew I wanted to highlight the beautiful, floral notes. My St. Germain with Bubbles is now the most requested cocktail from clients when I am hosting their dinner parties! Cheers!
St. Germain with Bubbles
Ingredients (serves 6)
St. Germain – 6 tablespoons, divided
Champagne – (your favorite) – 1 bottle, chilled
Basil – 6 leaves, small
Blueberries – 18, gently smashed (using the back of a spoon)
Lemon Juice – 6 teaspoons, divided
Lemon Curls – for garnish
Sugar – 6 cubes
Start by filling 6 flutes with champagne.
Next, evenly divide the St. Germain and lemon juice into each flute.
Garnish with basil, blueberries and lemon curls.
Right before serving, drop a sugar cube into each flute.
Tip: While the basil and blueberries do not add a lot of flavor directly to the aperitif, it’s an unexpected (but FABULOUS!) surprise at the end when you bite and get the spiciness of the basil and sweetness of the blueberry. It almost acts as a palette cleanser and readies your taste buds for what’s next!