New Amsterdam vodkas provided by brand representatives. St-Germain liquor was purchased by me. All photos, recipes, comments and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.
The Limon Blossom cocktail is one that I originally created back in the summer of 2008. It’s still a good one.
Limon Blossom – recipe by Cheri Loughlin
1-1/2 ounce New Amsterdam Citron Vodka
1 ounce St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 ounce Limoncello
1 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
Place all liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
New Amsterdam Vodka & Citron Vodka Tasting Notes
New Amsterdam Vodka is 80 proof, made from grain. A 750 ml bottle retails for $12 to $15 depending on where it’s purchased. The price point makes this excellent vodka to keep in your liquor cabinet for recreational cocktails. I prefer to use it in mixed drinks rather than straight up martinis. But drink it however you like it best.
New Amsterdam Spirits also offers flavored vodkas including peach, pineapple, mango, red berry, coconut, orange and citron. The citron is probably my favorite of all the flavors.
Citron is made with lemon and lime flavors. It’s perfect for a lemon drop martini or shot. The citrus vodka flavor pairs well with a combination of pineapple and spicy peppers. Try honey as sweetener with those flavors.
About St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
I once, maybe twice, referred to St-Germain as the sexiest bottle on the planet. I still think it’s pretty darn spectacular, but have seen some equally terrific bottles since then. Even so, the bottle is what drew me to this liqueur in the first place.
The bottle is a work of art with its height and elegant sharp edges. It doesn’t have a long bottle neck like most liquor bottles. Its design requires care and cradling while pouring. That’s just a prelude to what’s inside the bottle.
St- Germain is created from hand-picked elderflower blossoms. It is a complicated, dynamic liqueur. It is light on the tongue, yet bursting with flavor. There are hints of fruit and floral.
St- Germain is a little on the pricy side, but well worth it. A little goes a long way. Use this liquor in exchange for simple syrup in a Mojito. Your taste buds will thank you.
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Cheri Loughlin is the Omaha writer and photographer behind www.intoxicologist.net and author of Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction. You can email Cheri with comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.