Wednesday, August 19, 2009

St. Germain

A qausi spiritual post about this guy?


About this. You might be feeling like quite the ascended master after a few drinks, though.

I bought this to make cocktails for a couple of my sisters when they had dinner here. That was one night and 3 cocktails. I had no idea what to do with the rest of the bottle since the only alcohol that I drink is wine.

One day, while making a fruit salad, my inner alchemist got the idea of incorporating this liqueur into the fruit salad. Its aroma is so delicate and flowery; I thought it would be a good addition to the fruit.

So into the bowl of many different fruits ~ fresh pineapple, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, kiwi, to name a few ~ went a couple of kinds of fresh mint, pineapple sage and lemon verbena from my garden (chopped quite finely), superfine sugar to taste, a squeeze of fresh lime and/or lemon or orange to taste and the last but not least, the St. Germain.

I tasted it.

More St. Germain.

Tasted again.

Still needed more St. Germain.

Tasted it once again.

Oh, what the heck, put a little bit more of the stuff in there - what else are you going to use it for?

Now, it was good; I liked it. And I had a slight buzz after all of that tasting.

I asked a neighbor to taste it. She asked, "Can I have some more?"

I asked another sister to taste it (I have 6 of them, by the way) and she simply stopped, closed her eyes and uttered, "This could make you famous. Did you write down the recipe?"

Of course, I hadn't. I made it up as I went along. I didn't measure anything and still don't.

Happy to share it if you like the idea of an adult fruit salad.

PS - I just saw that Elise has a recipe for Elderberry jelly and some links to sites for making Elderberry syrup and liqueur (from the berries, not the flowers).


Nancy B. Hartley said...

Kathy, you're making me hungry. This sounds fabulous. I've never heard of St. Germain liquour. It has to be delicous!!

Shelly said...

Hahahaha! I want to be at YOUR house when you make food! You do it in such a fun way! :) YUM!

Delphyne said...

Nancy, definitely try it! I saw a small bottle at the store a couple of weeks ago - like those little bottles you used to get on airplanes (any maybe still do!). It's mild enough for the fruit salad and I think you would like it. I haven't figured out how else to use it, though!

Shelly, you're welcome ANY TIME in my kitchen!