I love St-Germain liqueur: Its cool, pale green colour makes for some pretty looking cocktails, and there’s something about that floral fragrance that just says, “summer is here.” The only thing I don’t like about it is the price: $50 Canadian for a single – albeit very attractive – bottle is prohibitive.
I came across a great article about summer cocktails to make with St-Germain, and I asked myself, “how can a cocktail-loving penny pincher make this work?” Enter IKEA. How appropriate is it that the company synonymous with assemble-it-yourself furniture would be able to furnish me with the main DIY liqueur ingredient?
IKEA sells an elderflower concentrate syrup; mixed with a neutral alcohol, you have your St-Germain liqueur. Here’s how to make a $50 bottle for less than half the retail price. Neutral alcohol refers to an unflavoured alcohol, like vodka, or 94% overproof alcool.
Here’s what you need:
- A bottle of “DRYCK FLÄDER,” elderberry blossom syrup
- 1 cup (25o ml) of a neutral alcohol of your choice (I used Global brand 94% alcohol, which needed to be diluted a bit)
- Brita filter, or any choice of charcoal-based water filter
- An attractive bottle
The directions on the bottle say that the ratio should be 6:1, so I poured 2/3 cup of Dryck Fläder (Elderberry blossom syrup.)
The 94% alcool was harsh – in order to mellow it out a bit, I followed instructions on how to make cheap vodka taste smoother by using a charcoal water filter.
After running 1 cup of alcool through the Brita, I poured it in to pretty bottle, then added the syrup and shook the bottle for a bit, to mix it all up. The result: