Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not get your St~Germain and sparkling wine now? Get ready for bubbles and spritzing in the days ahead!
Scott LoBianco recommends St~Germain as an extremely versatile ingredient in cocktails. “It is my favorite modifier to build a bridge between ingredients in a cocktail. It is also a great ingredient to play around with in the kitchen.”
"St~Germain is such a fun cocktail ingredient," Stacey Swenson says. "It works well as a modifier in a myriad of cocktails, but can also shine as the star of the show."
“It's such an approachable liqueur for all styles of people and cocktails,” muses Christian “Suzu” Suzuki-Orellana. “Whether you're looking for something bright and refreshing, bitter and boozy, floral and savory, St~Germain can be such a great addition to all of it.”
Scotty and Suzu’s cocktails each call for brut sparkling wine, and they both recommend Domaine Chandon Brut. It’s fairly dry, has a welcoming effervescence, and is perfect not only for toasting but also for cocktails. And luckily, Chandon Brut is relatively easy to find across the country at your local stores.
Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 13 oz of St~Germain and 24 oz of sparkling brut; a small (375 ml) and medium (750 ml) bottle, respectively, will be your best bet. Or—if you want to spread the spritzes out through the month without your brut sparkling wine losing its bubbles—we recommend a pack of minis instead so that you can keep popping a fresh one!
Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1, and 1 1/2, as well as a strainer, shaker, citrus juicer or reamer, bar spoon, and fine strainer. Additionally, if your fridge doesn't have a crushed ice option and you can't get pebble ice at the store, you'll need to make your own and can use either a Lewis bag and wooden mallet or a Ziploc freezer bag and another blunt kitchen object, such as a pestle. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: wine and collins glasses
Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 6 pounds of ice (6 ice trays’ worth).
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