How to make a St Germain Spritz cocktail (cocktail hour)

A St Germain Spritz cocktail in a luscious green garden.

Not a big fan of the world’s favourite summer drink: Aperol Spritz? If you’re searching for a more subtly-flavoured spritz recipe to try out this Summer, I might have just the thing for you. Enter the St Germain Spritz, a light and crisp elderflower spritz ideal for afternoons in the Summer sun. Discover my recipe and give it a go for yourself this Summer.

What is St Germain?

St Germain is a French, elderflower liqueur St-Germain created by distiller Robert Cooper. The liqueur first came about after Cooper tried an elderflower cocktail whilst at a London cocktail bar in 2001. Whether you’ve tried the liqueur or not, you may recognise it for its distinctive (and incredibly stylish) art deco bottle. It’s quite the showpiece of any bar! St Germain is the key ingredient in a St Germain Spritz (hence the same) and brings the most refreshing and floral elderflower flavours to this beautiful cocktail.

A St Germain Spritz cocktail in a luscious green garden.
A St Germain Spritz cocktail in a luscious green garden.

St Germain Spritz cocktail recipe

History covered, let’s get onto the main event. Here’s everything you need to make your own St Germain Spritz at home.

A St Germain Spritz cocktail in a luscious green garden.
A St Germain Spritz cocktail in a luscious green garden.


50 ml gin

50 ml prosecco

25 ml St Germain elderflower liqueur

150ml tonic

Slice of lime, for the garnish


A St Germain Spritz cocktail in a luscious green garden.


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)


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26 thoughts on “How to make a St Germain Spritz cocktail (cocktail hour)

  1. I can honestly say that I’ve never drunk illegally, and as I’m still about a year out from being legal here in the States, I have a bit to go. Seeing recipes like these get me a bit excited haha! I do worry that I’m gonna be a lightweight, and in any case, I have no plans to drink irresponsibly at any time. Might have to refer to this in about a year’s time :’)

    1. I’d definitely recommend a spritz when you’re old enough to drink in the US! You can sip on them for ages and they’re normally fairly light so could be a great starting drink x

  2. This sounds nice! It definitely has a bit alcohol in it, but like you said the tonic and ice balances it out! I’ve never tried St Germain elderflower liqueur, but I might have to try it somewhere and see what I think! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Exactly – it seems super boozy but it will last you a while! I hope you enjoy it if you do give it a try 🙂 x

    1. Agreed Lucy! I don’t think I’ve had a Woo Woo before (I’m not a big Vodka drinker) but it sounds perfect for a night out x

  3. Never had a St. Germain Spritz. I’ll definitely try this one, it’s something between gin&tonic and Hugo and I love both of them. Looking forward for new cocktail ideas.

  4. Do you think it would still be good substituting vodka for gin?? This sounds delish, but I’m a vodka girl…don’t like gin

    1. I don’t see why not! It’s all about the St Germain elderflower with this spritz so I’m sure vodka would work as a substitute for gin no problem 🙂 x

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