This sweet, sophisticated and slightly floral St Germain Champagne Cocktail recipe is the ultimate champagne elderflower cocktail to share with your girlfriends. Ready in just minutes and topped up with pink champagne it's a light drink perfect for brunch and beyond!
An easy champagne cocktail recipe
This St Germain and Elderflower Cocktail is a refreshing champagne cocktail with a floral twist. And it's just what you're looking for if you're planning any type of celebration or just want to say, "Cheers!".
You know I love a good wine cocktail and this one is just perfect for spring!
These elderflower champagne cocktails are really easy to drink. With just 3 ingredients they're pretty, elegant and so easy to make.
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With a soft lemon flavor, they're also a little sweet with a hint of floral notes from the St Germain elderflower liqueur. And they're bubbly from the champagne. Who doesn't love bubbly drinks?
Seriously, try this elderflower and champagne cocktail. I think it might just become one of your new favorite cocktail recipes!
Browse these St. Germain drink recipes for even more ways to use this flavored liqueur.
All you need is two bottles and a fresh lemon to make my new favorite Elderflower Champagne Cocktail:
- St Germain
- Fresh Lemon Juice
- Chilled Champagne
St Germain is the most common elderflower liqueur out there but if you happen to have another brand you prefer, of course, use that one instead!
Also, St. Germain is sold in several sizes so you don't have to commit to a huge bottle if you are unsure you'll get use out of it. They even sell it in the mini-bar size which would be perfect for a drink or two.
As it is what adds freshness to the drink, using freshly squeezed lemon juice is essential here. This is my go-to squeezer for making cocktails.
I've used Jacqueline Leonne's Champenoise Rosé which is made in New Mexico and is both delicious and a really great value, but of course, use whatever you prefer.
If you don't have traditional champagne from France you can use any sparkling wine, Cremant, Cava or Prosecco. Obviously, this recipe also makes a great Prosecco elderflower cocktail too. They are interchangeable.
I like the way this pink champagne tastes with the St Germain as well as the beautiful color it adds but regular champagne will work well too! This bottle is really dry so it tastes a little more like traditional sparkling wine.
See the printable recipe card for quantities and full recipe.
With ice, add the St Germain to a cocktail shaker.
Add the lemon juice. Shake well.
Then strain it into a champagne flute.
Top with champagne.
Garnish with a piece of lemon peel.
If you find it tricky to make long enough pieces of peel to make a pretty citrus twist (it takes practice!) just garnish with a slice of lemon instead. Or just serve your drink without one. No judgments here!
- Keep it classic - Add cognac in place of St. Germain for a more classic (but a little heavier) champagne cocktail.
- More Floral - Substitute some of the St Germain for elderflower syrup or cordial, to taste. These will be sweeter and have a more concentrated flower flavor than St Germain so you may not need as much.
- St Germain Royal - Simply leave out the lemon juice for a smoother, less tart cocktail.
- Switch out the citrus - While lime juice does not work that well with champagne (make a St Germain Gimlet instead!) using orange juice instead of the lemon will make a fruiter, slightly sweeter cocktail (and we ALL love a mimosa...).
- Add fresh herbs - I've kept things simple here but I still can't resist the smell of a fresh herb garnish. I think fresh thyme would work well here.
- Alcohol-free - Use non-alcoholic champagne, like Prima Pave, to make these. And use the elderflower cordial to add the flavor but keep it non-boozy.
- Squeeze the lemon juice in advance. If you're making these St. Germain Champagne Cocktails for guests, squeeze the lemons up to a day in advance and keep the juice in the fridge until needed.
- Add simple syrup. If you're after a sweeter drink, simply add a little simple syrup to taste. Or use a sweeter wine.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you're just drinking a bottle of champagne you usually get 6 good-sized glasses from a bottle, so depending on the size of your glasses and if you're using the exact measurements above I think you'd get about 8-10 cocktails from a bottle.
If you don't want to open one for just a few of you mini bottles of champagne or Prosecco would be a great alternative.
No! You don't have to use a flute. Use whatever pretty cocktail glass you already love. I think these would look really pretty in champagne coupes too.
More easy elderflower cocktail recipes you might enjoy
- St Germain Spritz Recipe with Sauvignon Blanc
- Best Hugo Elderflower Spritz Recipe
- Easy St Germain and Soda Cocktail Recipe
- Cucumber Spritz Cocktail with Cointreau and St Germain
- French Gimlet Recipe with St Germain and Gin
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An elegant St Germain Champagne Cocktail recipe for your next brunch party
- 1 oz St Germain
- ⅓ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 3 oz Champagne (or any sparkling wine) chilled
- Add the St Germain and lemon to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake then strain into a champagne flute.
- Top with champagne.
- Garnish with lemon (slice, peel, etc.) if liked.
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