Besides my birthday, Christmas is the climax of my year.
I wait in heavy anticipation for 12 months for the day that arrives in what seems like a flash and before I know it, it’s over. And all the excitement surrounding it evaporates in seconds. There’s nothing quite like the holiday season and I hate knowing I won’t taste it again until next year.
Thus, it’s a given that New Year’s takes a back seat to my joyous, beloved Christmas. Part of the reason? There are few traditions surrounding New Year’s, including zero presents and very few cookies (BOO). But, I’ve recognized lately that big changes and even life-altering discussions have surrounded John and I’s past several New Year’s celebrations, and it’s caused me to reconsider my affection for it. It’s no Christmas but it causes me to reflect on a year gone by and what lies ahead. And that calls for celebrating.
During our recent tour de Europe, we found ourselves in Barcelona at perhaps my favorite coffee shop in the world – Caravelle. A recommendation of the Oh, Ladycakes herself, we were immediately drawn to the coffee and food Caravelle had to offer. But I couldn’t help but wonder what their drink special was all about: a St. Germain Spritzer?
I’d never even heard of St. Germain before but it intrigued me. So we did a little research and discovered it’s of French origin and derived from elderberry flowers. An artisanal liqueur, St. Germain has a delicate, floral flavor that mixes incredibly well with champagne, club soda and citrus.
We ended up ordering the special, then another, then we convinced our friends to order one, too. Practically the minute we got back home we went searching for a bottle of St. Germain and have since been experimenting with (and thoroughly enjoying) this incredibly unique and delicious liqueur.
It turns out, St. Germain, sparkling white wine and pomegranate juice are meant to be together. This spritzer is comprised of a Brut sparkling white wine, a shot of St. Germain, pomegranate juice and arils and a dash of club soda. So simple, so delicious.
We fell in love with this cocktail and found it perfect for special celebrations, especially New Year’s Eve. It’s:
Not too sweet
And highly customizable.
When you have bubbly and St. Germain in a glass, it’s really hard to go wrong. Cheers, friends!
P.S. What are you doing for New Year’s? We’re either going to a party with people we don’t know who apparently just bought two cats (John and I are both allergic), or doing absolutely nothing. Either way it’s a win-win.
Happy (early) New Year!
- 1 ounce (2 Tbsp) pomegranate juice, chilled
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) sparkling white wine, chilled
- 1 ounce (2 Tbsp) St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) club soda, chilled
- 1-2 Tbsp pomegranate seeds
- To one serving glass, add pomegranate juice, St. Germain, sparkling white wine and top with club soda and a few pomegranate seeds.
- Taste and adjust ingredients as desired. Repeat for more servings.