Ironically, for a liqueur destined to assist in the slowing down and savoring of the moment, St‑Germain begins with something of a race against time.
Descending the hillsides, diligent flower-gatherers carefully usher the umbrellas of starry white flowers back to the village, often by bicycle. In just a few short weeks, all of the elderflowers that will become St‑Germain for that year will be harvested. And then... Fini. That is why each bottle of St‑Germain is individually numbered: to reflect the year in which the flowers were picked. St‑Germain is made in a slow, charmingly inefficient way, utilizing age-old French techniques. Hence, as a liqueur it is at once complex, pleasing and exceedingly rare. Neither passionfruit nor pear, grapefruit nor lemon, the sublime taste of St-Germain is a flavor as subtle and delicate as it is captivating.
Sparkling Dry Wine
Stir ingredients in a tall ice-filled Collins glass, mixing completely.