My sister Annie, who lives in London, recently returned from a very cool wedding in Palm Springs (bride was American, Groom was an Englishman and the signature colour was yellow).  When I emailed and asked her what the cocktail was, she replied that she couldn't remember it but would ask the bride...
...' I remember having a really cool cocktail - but must have had too many as can't remember what they were... around the pool... do you know what they were?I remember the yellow straws... and then its a blur?'.



The lovely bride Michelle, has fortunately come to the rescue with the recipe...the key ingredient - St Germain Elderflower liquer [Elderflower being a real trend in the UK at the moment, and also in parts of the Southern Hemisphere - there are 2 great Elderflower companies in NZ - check out Addmore  and Aroha.  For North Americans, it is definitely worth trying!! ].  

The story behind the St-Germain liquer company is quite hilarious... 

Image: St-Germain
IN THE foothills of the Alps, for but a few fleeting spring weeks, this man will gather wild blossoms for your cocktail.
The blossoms in question are elderflowers, and the cocktail a stylishly simple creation made with St-Germain, the first liqueur in the world created in the artisanal French manner from freshly handpicked elderflower blossoms. Our story, however, does not end there.

AFTER gently ushering the wild blossoms into sacks and descending the hillside, the man who gathers blossoms for your cocktail will then mount a bicycle and carefully ride the umbels of starry white flowers to market. Vraiment.

There are no more than 40 or 50 men such as he, and in a matter of weeks they will have gathered what will become St-Germain for that year.
TO PUT THIS IN CONTEXT, we can safely say that no men will be wandering the hillsides of Poland this spring gathering wild potatoes for your vodka. Likewise, we know of no Bavarians planning to scour the German countryside in search of exotic native hops and barley for your beer.  Yes, in this day and age St-Germain is exceedingly special and rare. Consequently, we are able to hand make only very limited quantities.[from  St-Germain Liqeur http://www.stgermain.fr/]

So I checked on their website and sadly the liquer is not available in this state...however Elderflower cordial (which is more readily available) and vodka is a close substitute.

St-Germain Cocktail
2 PARTS Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine
1½ PARTS St-Germain (or mix 1 part vodka and 1 part Elderflower cordial)
2 PARTS Club Soda [Soda water]

METHOD: Stir ingredients in a tall ice-filled glass, mixing completely. 


PS My sister did the design for the wedding... check out her website at http://www.thepixelpusher.co.uk/