Valentine’s Day is here, but don’t worry because St-Germain has you covered. Made from handpicked elderflowers native to France, it makes an elegant addition whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two or partying with friends. Its subtle flavor allows it to pair easily with complementary spirits. A classic celebratory pairing combines St-Germain with Champagne, but bartenders in Dallas are using it with more than just bubbly. Vodka, gin, rye, rum, tequila and bourbon all play well with St-Germain. See Eater’s map of where to find St-Germain in and out of the bottle. À votre santé!
Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar, known to “serve up tasty farm-to-kitchen dishes and cocktails,” is one of those places that makes Plano worthy of a food and drink expedition. With two bartenders on the cusp of hotness (Bonnie Wilson recently competed in Speed Rack and bar manager Sean Conner was a finalist in the GQ-sponsored "2011 Nation's Most Inspired Bartender Search"), you know their drinks are truly inspired, and with reason. According to Conner, “if you surround yourself with passionate bar staff and industry friends, you will find that inspiration is endless.” Conner loves creating drinks with St-Germain because it’s such a versatile ingredient, and his Sassy Senorita is a little slice of cocktail heaven.
4 thin slices of English cucumber
2 oz, Blanco Tequila
3/4 oz. St-Germain
1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed lime juice
1 dash orange bitters
Muddle the cucumber first, then and all of the ingredients to ice and shake. Double strain into a Coupe glass, top with carbonated cranberry juice and garnish with lime twist.