6.22.18 / New York / New York

Maison St. Germain Is A Whimsical Cocktail Celebration

More ‘Beautiful’ than ‘Damned’

  • [Photo: Ben Lozovsky]

  • The beginning of summer always feels like you’ve been transported somewhere, even when you haven’t left the city. Our summer drinks reflect that too; an Aperol spritz feels like you’re in an Italian seaside town, a mint julep would make you feel right at home in Savannah. Last night St. Germain wanted to transport us further for the opening of their 2nd annual Maison St. Germain, with cocktails that evoke the spirit of roaring ’20s, served in a setting that takes you to dreamlike version of the era

    This year St. Germain teamed up with renowned stylist Kate Young to design a glamorous pop-up dedicated to the flower it’s based on. St. Germain’s elderflower-based liqueur is the perfect addition to make those elegant cocktails that carry the ritz of Fitzgerald’s ‘The Beautiful and The Damned’ (a touch more refined than his more popular party inspiration). Rather than simply serve cocktails at a bar, the brand wanted to create an immersive experience for guests.  That meant a magical evening at The Battery, with cocktail servers tucked behind a wall of greenery, a Sea Glass carousel, and most notably, a jardin with a thousand flowers that are illuminated at night. At the center of it all is a large fluorescent dome that features art installations, a dance floor (with MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden spinning last night), and bars where you can try the immaculately crafted cocktails. Maison St. Germain is exactly what a summer soiree should look like: a little whimsy, a little decadence, and a whole lot of spirits to induce the joie de vivre you need for the season. And if it’s just that last bit that you want, we’ve included cocktail recipes from the event below.

    Tickets for the Maison St. Germain’s party tonight are on sale HERE, with proceeds benefitting The Battery Conservancy

  • [Photo: Ben Lozovsky]

  • [Photo: Ben Lozovsky]

  • [Photo: Matteo Prandoni for BFA]

  • [Photo: Matteo Prandoni for BFA]

  • [Photo: Ben Lozovsky]


    1 oz Oxley gin
    0.75 oz St~Germain mix *equal part St~Germain & coconut water + pinch of malic acid.
    0.5 tio pepe
    2 dashes absinthe
    1 dash celery

    Serve in a cold Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with nasturtium green leave


    0.5 oz St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
    0.25 oz Suze
    Top off with cold dry champagne
    Spray St~Germain + Frankinsence essential oil
    Serve in a coupette

    Garnish with a dehydrated lemon wheel + gold dust.


    2 parts Martini & Rossi Prosecco
    1½ parts St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
    2 parts sparkling Water

    Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Martini & Rossi first, then St-Germain, then Club Soda (the order is essential). Stir completely and garnish with a lemon twist.


    0.75 oz St~Germain French elderflower liqueur
    0.75 oz bacardi 4
    4 oz Roobois tea
    1 dash lemon essential oil

    Build in a highball and garnish with lemon wheel & raspberries like a traditional ice tea