St. Germain

$$ — 20% ABV — Elder

One of the few modern liqueurs, St. Germain's 2007 entrance into the cocktail scene may well have been directed by Jon Woo: doves and white flowers floating heavenward, a parade of French bikers shooting out in a V-formation. It's floral and sweet and soft and dear, bartender often found themselves overusing this popular product, risking a burnout, but St. Germain maintains its momentum and regularly shows up on cocktail menus or at least standing at attention by the bar in its Gatsby-esque bottle.

While St. Germain marketers love to play up how old French men hand-pick elder flowers and race them down their French hillsides to get them into their uniquely French maceration process, this is all a bit like fluff -- especially as the product was first synthesized by Pennsylvanian importers.

Somewhat of a sibling product to Domain de Canton, each was made separately by the rival Cooper brothers. While each has very different ingredients, you can't help but notice a family resemblance between them -- which might also be shared by their father's legacy, Chambord.

If perhaps its pedigree may not be as strong as other French products, it does have a lovely friend in Champagne. Or anything with bubbles, really. Especially for those who enjoy light drinks, gin drinks, or soft drinks (in the classical sense, don't put this in Coca-Cola) St. Germain is a must-have product.

St. Germain is located in France. Established in 2007 by Robert Cooper, it is now owned by Bacardi.