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. It was my birthday after all! Flash forward two months and I’m finally getting around to sharing the cocktail recipe with you. I haven’t shared a cocktail recipe, or any recipe for that matter, in such a long time. But I thought I’d try something new-ish and bring drink recipes back into my blogging repertoire. Here’s my take on a St Germain Spritz.
Double shot gin (my go-to for cocktails is Bombay Sapphire)
Double shot prosecco
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
Lightly stir the spritz
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!
Have you tried a St Germain Spritz before? What are your thoughts on it as a cocktail? Leave a comment below. Is “Cocktail Hour” something that you’d be interested in reading as a future series? I’ve got plenty of great cocktails to share so let me know if it’s something you want to see more of going forward.
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