FOR A FEW fleeting spring weeks, we gather exclusively fresh, wild blossoms for your cocktail.
The blossoms in question are elderflowers, and the cocktail a stylishly simple creation made with St-Germain, the first liqueur in the world created in the artisanal French manner from freshly handpicked elderflower blossoms. Our story, however, does not end there.
AFTER gently ushering the wild blossoms into sacks, and descending the hillside, a few of the men who gather blossoms for your cocktail, will then mount a bicycle a carefully ride the umbrells of starry white flower to a collection depot. Vraiment.
In a matter of weeks, we will have gathered what will become St-Germain for that year.
TO PUT THIS IN CONTEXT, we can safely say that no men will be wandering the hillsides of Poland this spring gathering wild potatoes for your vodka. Likewise, we know of no Bavarians planning to scour the German countryside in search of exotic native hops and barley for your beer.
AND WHAT OF THE TASTE of St-Germain?
Neither passionfruit nor pear, grapefruit nor lemon, the sublime taste of