First published on 8 Feb 2012. Updated on 9 Feb 2012.
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Made from handpicked elderflowers native to France, St-Germain's subtle flavour allows it to pair easily with complementary spirits. A classic celebratory pairing combines St-Germain with champagne, but bartenders in Sydney are using it with more than just bubbly. Vodka, gin, rye, rum, tequila and bourbon all play well with St-Germain. From Mitch Bushell’s, ‘The Vanguard’ served at Low 302 to Hugh 'Pirate' Payten Smith’s ‘Fresh’ served at Bondi’s Anchor, St-Germain is blossoming all over Sydney and Melbourne. See Time Out’s map of where to find St-Germain in and out of the bottle. À votre santé!
1. Long/Short Grain
Ask for: the Channel Crossing
The team at the ’grains keep things fresh and light this Valentine’s Day with cucumber, mint, apple and lemon combined with St-Germain and West Winds Sabre gin. 85 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills 2010. 02 9280 2888.
Ask for: the Sinners & Saints
Whether you are feeling virtuous or downright dirty, get your hands on a Sinners and Saints with St-Germain, Cynar, Prosecco and Grapefruit, served on the rocks. 109 Regent St, Chippendale 2008. 02 8971 7336.
3. The Loft
Ask for: the Western Expression
A DIY cocktail that lets you shape the flavour to suit your own tastes, you get Tanqueray No. 10, St-Germain, and lemon as a foundation and then you can add strawberry and Campari, cucumber, or grapefruit and blue curacao. 3 Lime St, King St Wharf, Sydney 2000. 02 9299 4770.
4. The Corner House
Ask for: the And what of the taste?
Consisting of Dollin dry vermouth, St-Germain, lemon juice and Dr Adam's Spanish bitters, Jimmy Smith’s concoction is sure to get you into a romantic frame of mind this Valentine’s. 281 Bondi Rd, Bondi 2026. 02 8020 6698.
5. Hinky Dinks
Ask for: the Saint Martinez
This small bar boasts two cocktails with St-Germain in pride of place. There is the Saint Martinez - London dry gin, sweet vermouth, St Germain, maraschino and peach bitters – or the Hinky Fizz - strawberry and prosecco sorbet, St-Germain, London dry gin, grapefruit soda and peach bitters. 185 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst 2010. 02 8084 6379.
6. The Clock Hotel
Ask for: the Martillo Tiempo - Hammer Time
It’s hammer time at the Clock with a spicy offering featuring reposado Tequila, St-Germain, lime juice, Bittermens Habanero Shrub and capsicum. It’s lke dinner and drinks all in one glass. 470 Crown St, Surry Hills 2010. 02 9331 5333.
7. Dry Land Bar
Ask for: the Saint Collins
Cleanse your soul this Feb 14 with the tasty spirits in the Saint Collins - Square 1 organic rye vodka, St-Germain and lemon juice. 92 Redfern St, Redfern 2016. 02 9699 3869.
8. Low 302
Ask for: the Vanguard
Get some Dutch courage under your belt before you enter the romantic battlefield with the Vanguard, consisting of Calle 23 Reposado tequila, Laird's apple brandy, St-Germain, Bittermens xocolatl mole and Peychaud’s bitters. 302 Crown St, Darlinghurst 2010. 02 9368 1548.
9. The Anchor
Ask for: the Fresh
Behind Hugh Payten Smith’s enormous moustache, a cocktail storm is brewing, starting with the Fresh - spicy Calle 23 Blanco Tequila & St-Germain, apple, lime and salt, all shook up. 8 Campbell Pde, Bondi 2026. 02 8084 3145.
10. The Green Room Lounge
Ask for: the Honey Rider
A hop, skip and a jump from the Enmore Theatre, the Green Room Lounge is where you should go for a pre-show cocktail with London dry gin, St-Germain, and dry vermouth. 156 Enmore Rd, Enmore 2042. 02 8021 8451.
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