Bastille Day with St-Germain

Posted on 09 July 2014 • Written By Alex Griciuc

Bastille Day with St-Germain
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July 14 is a big day in France. Bastille Day is the French National Day and French elderflower liqueur St-Germain wants you to help with celebrations.

Madame St-Germain has been busy finding London’s best Bastille Day cocktails and you could win a top prize when you show us how you have been celebrating Bastille Day with St-Germain. To be in with a chance of winning a bottle of St-Germain and a petanque kit, take the best picture of your Bastille Day celebrations and post it on Twitter or Instagram with the following tags and hash tags: @stgermaindrinks, @squaremeal (@SquareMealSnaps on Instagram), #madamestgermaincocktails.

Mix it up

There’s one person who knows more about St-Germain and cocktails than most, and that’s the brand’s global ambassador Camille Vidal, who is better known as Madame St-Germain. Hailing from France, she has made London her home – and for good reason. ‘The London cocktail scene is one of the best in the world,’ she explains. ‘We are so lucky to have such wonderful venues and immensely talented bartenders.’

There’s nobody better suited to the task, so please allow Madame St-Germain to take you on a tour of her own favourite Bastille Day cocktail offers in the capital – as well as recipes for recreating these cocktails at home.

Try to keep your head with this Balthazar Bastille creation - expertly mixed by bar legend Brian Silva:

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35ml St Germain
25ml Miclo Framboise
25ml lemon juice
5ml Dolin Genepi
Garnish: three cherries

Method: Mix all the ingredients except the Dolin Genepi together in an iced shaker. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned or rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Top with three cherries and the Dolin Genepi. Serve with two small straws.

Get fruity with a Snail's Kiss at L'Escargot:

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25ml St Germain
45ml Grey Goose Vodka
10ml crème de fraise des bois
10ml lime / lemon Juice
Mixed berries - strawberry, blueberry & raspberry
Method: Shake all ingredients in a Boston shaker & pour into an Old Fashioned glass. Top with ice and garnish with a strawberry, blueberry and raspberry.

 Or get yourself to Baranis for:

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40 ml gin
25 St Germain liqueur
2/3 dashes of absinthe
20 ml lemon juice
10 mint leaves
Two fresh strawberries
Three cucumber shavings

Method: Mix in a small carafe and top up with tonic.