Looking for a quick cocktail to make that tastes AMAZING. This St Germain gin and tonic is just that! If you are not familiar with St Germain, it is a liquor made from elderflowers and is a little sweet. It tastes so delicious in so many drinks and it makes cocktail making really easy; my husband puts it in almost all his cocktails these days!
In this cocktail, I’ve added some fresh grapefruit juice since I like the way the sour notes of grapefruit contrast the sweetness of the St Germain. The gin and tonic part are basically the base or foundation for more elements to be added. There is a little fizz from the tonic (which does have it’s own flavor) and the gin is a perfect light and smooth alcohol and it does not overpower any of the other flavors.
Lastly, I added a few shakes of bitters to the drink to add a little pungent flavor that I think helps amplify the grapefruit. If you are not used to working with bitters, it is made from plants and herbs and sold in little bottles the size of a condiment bottle. There are actually different varieties of bitters on the market (some made from citrus) but I used the traditional Angostura bitters made from plants and spices. It is used for many cocktails (it adds that little something extra to a drink) and it is also used for helping upset stomachs. I’ve known many bartenders who will give this to you when you don’t feel good.
That is all of it! This drink is really easy to make and this recipe is your helpful guide on how to put it together. It is really hard to screw this one up since all of the ingredients are fantastic no matter what proportions you use.
St Germain, Gin and Tonic with Grapefruit
- 1.5 ounces good gin or 1 shot
- 1.5 ounces St Germain or 1 shot
- 2 ounces fresh squeezed grapefruit juice or store bought
- 2 shakes of bitters I use Angostura aromatic bitters
- 2 ounces of tonic water
- ice cubes I love using 1 large ice cube for my cocktails but use whatever ice you have on hand
- In a medium glass add your ice
- Now add your St Germain, Gin, bitters, grapefruit juice and then tonic
- Give it a light stir with a cocktail stirrer or spoon
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