While attending the recent Grand Opening of Spirit World I purchased a bottle of St. Germain, a French elderflower liqueur that I have always had mixed in cocktails as a complementary spirit to add a bit of sweetness to a cocktail. I hadn’t run across any cocktails that used St. Germain as the base spirit, so I started checking out various St. Germain based cocktails and while doing some research I came across an interesting sounding cocktail on Saveur.com called the Lumière.
The Lumière was developed in Brooklyn, New York as a movie inspired cocktail at the Nitehawk Cinema, a dinner and drinks movie theater by their director of beverages Jen Marshall. Using gin, St. Germain and green chartreuse, this cocktail has a complex layered flavor profile that is sweet and herbal with a nice warming mouth feel. Fresh lime juice balances the sweetness of the St. Germain and brings a bright tartness that teases the tongue. The green chartreuse and fresh lime gives the drink a lovely light green color that looks luminescent like the drinks name sake.
While the Lumière is full of flavor, it is almost all spirits so this is a strong cocktail. It also should be served in a coupe as it should be served without ice, with all the cooling and dilution taking place in the mixing glass before serving.
- 1.5 oz Gin
- 1 oz St. Germain
- .75 oz Green Chartreuse
- .75 oz fresh lime juice
- A dash of bitters (orange if you have it, but Angostura works pretty well too)
- Pour all the ingredients in an ice filled mixing glass.
- Stir completely and strain into a chilled coupe.
- Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.
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