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Refresh Yourself with St-Germain


Valentine’s Day is here, but don’t worry because St-Germain has you covered. Made from handpicked elderflowers native to France, it makes an elegant addition whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two or partying with friends. Its subtle flavor allows it to pair easily with complementary spirits. A classic celebratory pairing combines St-Germain with Champagne, but bartenders in Miami are using it with more than just bubbly. Vodka, gin, rye, rum, tequila and bourbon all play well with St-Germain. See Eater’s map of where to find St-Germain in and out of the bottle. À votre santé!

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink beverage manager Ryan Goodspeed's Cabarete cocktail has traveled a long way to become the restaurant's top seller during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. "It was in the small surf enclave of Cabarete on the North shore of the Dominican Republic that in early Fall 2009 I conjured this libation. The cafes there are littered with French folks. So I'm having this conversation with a guy about his favorite spirits. St-Germain enters the conversation, a waiter walks by with a watermelon, and you could hear a bottle of sparkling cork...." Thus was born the Cabarete. "That's pretty much it. I'd been using the trip as inspiration for new drinks and this one cocktail pretty much summed it up. For me the drink can be consumed at any time. It's light, the flavors play off each other well and it's refreshing."

The Cabarete

In a Riesling glass or Highball glass add:
1.5 oz. Italian bitter orange aperitif
1.5 oz. St-Germain

Add ice then:
1 oz Soda Water
1 oz Prosecco or Champagne
1 oz Fresh Watermelon

Finish with a dash of Orange Bitters and a Grapefruit peel