Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, 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 Chicago 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!
If you can say one thing about Kit Kat Lounge, it's that there's no shortage of entertainment. This Boystown bar is known for its gorgeous drag queens putting on live shows that attract a variety of patrons who all come for the same thing: delicious drinks. Kit Kat has a pages-long cocktail menu, but this Valentine's Day, the bar really loves its I Kissed a Girl martini: vodka, blended pink Cognac, St-Germain and pineapple garnished with a glow stick and rock candy. Mixologist Joshua O'Hagan calls St-Germain a smooth and refreshing liqueur. He says the drink, garnished with the unique rock candy, gets illuminated giving it a "fun presentation."
2 oz. Premium vodka
1 oz. blended pink Cognac
1 oz. St-Germain
1/2 oz. of peach and mango juice.
Combine ingredients in a martini shaker over ice and shake until very cold and frothy. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with purple rock candy and a purple glow stick.