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Elderflower Liqueur (St. Germain)


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Expanding cocktail horizons require that I purchase things I never have.

Anyone know a reliable place (ideally in MD (MoCo and PG)) to get Elderflower liqueur (St. Germain?).

I live in Laurel and work in Bethesda if that helps. Willing to traipse in to the north nubbin of DC (Circle? Chevy Chase?), go to a specific MoCo shop, even go to Columbia, Beltsville, Greenbelt, Takoma Park, whatever. I would assume it is not horribly difficult to find, but how many bottles does any one shop sell of this really?

Thanks!

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In a rather northerly area of DC, I saw elder flower liqueur at Calvert Woodley last Saturday. The brand was St. Elder. Some two or three years ago, on some restaurant website somewhere, I saw a cocktail described as being made with "elderly flower liqueur".

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Schneider's of Capitol Hill sells it.

Back in 2008, Scooter/Scott, from Corduroy (at the time), gave me a spectacular recipe using St. Germain Elderflower:

In a cocktail shaker with ice add 1/2 oz Gin (sapphire works), 1/4 oz of fresh lemon juice and 1/4 oz St. Germain Elderflower. Shake and strain into a champagne flute and top with the sparkling wine of your choosing. Anything Brut will do. Finish with a twist of lemon and that's it.

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Thanks all for the suggestions and also the cocktail! I plan on trying to score a bottle soon. Corridor is closest, but I do not really enjoy shopping there. If I strike out at Old Line in Beltsville, I'll head there over the weekend.

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Scored some at Old Line after all. It's a pretty big bottle so I expect it'll last quite a while.

The makers of the St. Germain suggest finishing an opened bottle within 6 months because it is made without any preservatives.  Try making margaritas with it instead of triple sec.  Perfect for the summer.

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The makers of the St. Germain suggest finishing an opened bottle within 6 months because it is made without any preservatives.  Try making margaritas with it instead of triple sec.  Perfect for the summer.

Hmm, I hadn't heard that but I've been thinking about whether my several-year-old bottle was healthy. It's turned a little brown and there's as sediment at the bottom. It's drinkable, though, but I guess not very fresh.

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