Summer party season is quickly coming- can you believe Memorial Day is just around the corner? We’re going to try to entertain outside a lot more this year, and try to have more friends over for dinner parties. One thing I (oddly) always forget to plan out ahead of gatherings is a delicious signature drink for the night- we usually just set out beer and wine (no complaints, but I LOVE the idea of setting the stage with a unique, fun drink for guests). This St Germain and Lillet Pink Lemonade Spritzer is an amazingly delicious drink that is perfect for parties!
Sometimes pink spritzers are cloyingly sweet, or just too frilly- but this is a drink that is nicely balanced and sweet without being overpowering. The Lillet works wonderfully with a tangy pink lemonade (I opt for less sweet all natural versions whose pink color comes from pomegranate, or you most certainly WILL end up with a too-sweet sipper) and the St Germain’s rich elderflower flavor gives it a delicious complexity. I like to top it off with soda water.
You can find Lillet and St. Germain at most liquor stores. Lillet’s price point is great for parties- it is a really affordable aperitif wine that blends beautifully in mixed drinks (I love to mix it with pale ale- sounds weird, but it is delicious!). St. Germain may seem a little more expensive (the big bottles are anywhere from $40-$60 based on the store and demand) but they last a long time and it is good in so many different drinks. You won’t regret it! I have found smaller mini bottles at some large specialty liquor stores (if you are in Colorado- Hazel’s in Boulder is the BEST!) for right around $5. It’s a great way to taste it and see if you want to make the big bottle investment.
- 3 ounces Lillet blanc, chilled
- 2 1/2 ounces natural Pomegranate or Raspberry Lemonade, chilled
- 1 ounce St. Germain Liquor
- 2 ounce soda water, chilled
- Mix all ingredients and stir well.
You can also add Chardonnay ice cubes with edible flowers to dress the drink up, cool it down, and give a splash of your favorite chard- how pretty would these little wine ice cubes be floating in the drink? Check out Cambria’s site for the details!