…from the Perspectives’ Happy Hour Bar
How you doin’? A couple of weeks ago I shared a recipe with a similar name—Cooking Lesson #623, The St. Tropez Summer Fruit Tart. If you’re not up to baking up a storm, here’s a summer cocktail that may work for you on any occasion.
The St-Tropez Cocktail is a light and refreshing, clear colored drink made with Grey Goose Citron citrus vodka, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, almond extract and club soda. It’s all served over ice in a Collins or tall highball glass. It looks and tastes benign, but really packs a punch.
Saint-Tropez (the place) is the most luxurious resort on the French Riviera. Despite the ubiquitous luxury and wealth, it's still just a small fishing village.
1 ounce citrus vodka (Grey Goose Le Citron)
1 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
1/4 ounce lemon juice
1 drop of almond extract
Top off with club soda
Garnish with a lemon round slice and a whole small strawberry
Serve in a Collins glass
ChefSecret: The almond extract—just a drop—gives a very special richness. The St-Germain elderflower liqueur has a very unique flavor and makes the drink. We started using it in our chocolate centers at Choclatique. It was one of our most popular flavors. St‑Germain is a French liqueur made with fresh elderflowers, hand-picked once a year in the late spring. To accomplish its exquisitely natural flavor, every bottle of St‑Germain contains up to 1,000 of the very best elderflower blossoms, resulting in a finely crafted, perfectly balanced and refined liqueur.
Quip of the Day: I tried to say no to vodka, but it was 40% stronger than I.
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