1 ½ oz St. Germain liqueur
2 oz. Brut champagne
2 oz. Soda or seltzer
Fill a tall glass with crushed ice. Pour over ingredients and stir to combine. Serve with a twist of lemon, orange or grapefruit.
This most simple of cocktails is also one of the more refreshing. What's more, it's easy to make in large batches for sharing on the porch on a warm day. St. Germain is a French brand of elderflower liqueur that mixes well in all manner of cocktails, so a bottle won't sit around for too long. It is very sweet and has a singular, flowery (though, peculiarly, not floral) taste. The original recipe calls for Brut champagne or dry sparkling wine which manages to offset the sweetness of the liqueur. You could use any champagne or sparkling wine, though, and trying new ones out (like a sparkling Rosè) will effectively make an entirely different drink altogether. Some people opt for still wine instead of sparkling and leave the gassiness to the third ingredient, the club soda.