St – Germain Elderflower Liqueur Review

St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur went from relative obscurity to a ‘must have’ item on any craft cocktail back bar in a relatively short amount of time.  St – Germain has an excellent pedigree: it’s the brainchild of Robert Cooper, the son of the Norton Cooper, the man behind the wildly successful Chambord Liqueur.  But it was a surprise win in 2007 at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for the prestigious ‘Best in Show’ award that really launched St. Germain into prominence.

St-Germain is so commonly used in cocktail bars that it’s often referred to as “Bartender’s Ketchup.” It got this distinction for adding a light, sweet and pleasing floral note to cocktails that just need that little something extra.

St- Germain Elderflower Liqueur (40 proof $29.99) – yellow gold in color, the nose has big white grape notes with sweet undertones and floral high notes.  The entry is very thick, syrupy and citrus forward, unfolding to grapefruit, white grape, and floral. There’s almost no heat here, and in the mid palate it picks up a very delicate, slightly bitter sweet note with the slightest hint of raspberry.  The finish is very long and the floral notes and white grape flavors linger for a very long time.

There’s a reason why St – Germain is so widely used in cocktail bars. It delivers its flavor in such a wonderfully affable way. It’s sweet without being too sweet, it’s floral notes aren’t soapy or overdone, and the white grape notes are beautifully captured.  St – Germain is also incredibly versatile and it pairs wonderfully with Champagne, gin or rum.  A little St – Germain also goes a long way, priced at $30 for 750ml, it’s a perfectly priced spirit.

When it comes to great quality and versatile liqueurs, St – Germain is simply as good as it gets.  Highest Recommendation “A Classic”

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+Geoff Kleinman, is the founder, and managing editor of He is a nationally recognized spirits columnist and staff reviewer for Whisky Advocate Magazine. Geoff's work has appeared in dozens of major magazines including Playboy Magazine, Black Book, and Mixology Magazine. He is a current sitting judge for the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the founder of the Society of Modern Journalists, holds BAR certification from the Beverage Alcohol Resource Group, is a Certified Cognac Educator, and a Kentucky Colonel