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St-Germain + Gin = Two Beautiful Cocktails ~ The Bramble en Rose and Ultimate Dill

St-Germain + Gin = Two Beautiful Cocktails ~ The Bramble en Rose and Ultimate Dill

It’s intriguing to see how things with commonality can create such different results. Such is the case with these two beautiful cocktails!

St-Germain and gin are two of my favorite spirits, though one is probably better known than the other. St-Germain is an absolutley lovely liqueur made from elderflowers. The best description comes from St-Germain – “The sublime taste of St-Germain hints at pear, peach and grapefruit, yet none of them exactly. It is a flavor as subtle and delicate as it is captivating.”

The essence of gin – in this case the spectacular Plymouth Gin – comes from a distilling process that includes the botanicals of juniper, coriander, sweet orange, cardamom, angelica and orris root. Add a few treasures from the garden and these spirits create two very special cocktails – both perfect for a warm, sunny day!

The Bramble en Rose takes on a gorgeous hue thanks to the luscious blackberries muddled in the glass.

 

Add the St-Germain and gin, a splash of brightness from lemon juice, a touch of simple syrup to smooth it out and a bit of bubbly to complete this gorgeous drink!

On the opposite side of the color and taste spectrum is the Ultimate Dill. Many recipes make this drink using vodka or tequila but I prefer gin. I personally think the notes of Plymouth Gin balance so well with the dill and cucumber and pair perfectly with St-Germain.

These fresh ingredients are muddled together in the glass before being joined by the floral scented St-Germain and gin, a squeeze or two of lime juice and a touch of simple syrup.

This unexpected combination creates a refreshing cocktail!

Set out the St-Germain and Plymouth Gin, pull together those garden-fresh ingredients and you’ve got a fabulous and fun cocktail bar for warm weather entertaining!

Bramble en Rose

4 blackberries, plus 3 for garnish

1 ounce St-Germain

2 ounces gin, preferably Plymouth Gin

3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 teaspoons simple syrup

1 ounce Prosecco or sparkling wine

Ice

Place 4 of the blackberries in the bottom of a cocktail glass.

Using a muddler, crush the fruit.

Add the St-Germain, the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and Prosecco. If your blackberries are a bit tart, adjust the simple syrup to suit your taste. Stir until well blended.

Add ice. Garnish with the remaining 3 blackberries on a skewer or hors d’oeuvre pick. Makes one cocktail.

Ultimate Dill

4 slices cucumber plus extra for garnish

1 sprig of dill

2 ounces St-Germain

2 ounces gin, preferably Plymouth Gin

3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice

3 teaspoons simple syrup

Ice

Place 4 slices of cucumber and the sprig of dill  in the bottom of a cocktail glass.

Using a muddler, crush the cucumber and the dill.

Add the St-Germain, the gin, lime juice and the simple syrup. Stir until well blended.

Add ice. Garnish with an additional cucumber slice on the rim of the glass.



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