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Travel The World In a Glass at Peché

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Spring has sprung, and there's no better way to celebrate the beginning of the season than with St-Germain. Made from handpicked elderflowers native to France, it makes an elegant addition whether you’re planning a romantic picnic for two or partying outdoors 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 Austin 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!

Exciting things are happening over at Peché in Austin’s Warehouse district, where owner Rob Pate offers a St-Germain cocktail called the Paris Manhattan. “We were real fortunate to be one of the first to have St-Germain when it hit the Texas market 3 1/2 years ago.” he said of the spirt, whose flavor has always reminded him of lychees. Until the Paris Manhattan they paired the spirit primarily with gin “ in order to kill the dryness that some people don’t like.” He described St-Germain as a valuable, versatile addition to the bar. “You can use St-Germain as a modifier or a base. It is non-intrusive and allows you to build on the accents of other liquors — it really hits the board.” Though St-Germain can temper the fires of your favorite whiskies, vodkas, and tequilas, don’t be afraid to eat it. According to Rob their St-Germain cheesecake is “out of this world.”

Paris Manhattan

2 oz. Cognac
.5 oz. St-Germain
.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
5 drops Peché bitters
1 Cherry

Serve in a highball glass

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