Sunday, July 6, 2014

Drink Recipe: Strawberry-Basil-Aperol-St-Germain-Champagne Cocktail

These days, our mentality is -- why go out and spend $10 on a cocktail when we can make it at home with our own booze?  2 people, 2 drinks each plus food is a minimum of $50.

Well, that thought turned into a fun trip to our favorite liquor store where we bought some provisions, one of which was a bottle of St-Germain elderflower liqueur.  The bottle is a beauty!

Interestingly, I wasn't a fan of St-Germain about 4 years ago, but the popularity of the liqueur in drinks (and perhaps a change in my taste buds) has changed my mind about its flowery taste and smell.  It smells a little bit like lychee to me.

I created a drink inspired by a cocktail I saw on the people's last stand bar + bistro's menu.  It was called la bonne fille meaning "The good girl" - Classy, bright and sweet but when it's finished, she leaves with just a touch of bitterness.

  • Squeeze 1/4 of a grapefruit into a glass
  • Add 2 sliced strawberries and 6 basil leaves and muddle them with the grapefruit juice
  • Add 1 oz Aperol
  • Add 1/2 oz of St-Germain
  • Fill the glass with ice
  • Top with sparkling wine
  • Pour back and forth into a mixing tin and the glass a couple of times


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