Learn how to create delicious cocktails with St Maur elderflower liqueur, thanks to founder and mixologist Lord William Seymour, The Earl of Yarmouth.
Here, you'll find the recipes for "The Sybarite St Maur", and some perfect autumnal drinks to treat yourself ahead of Halloween, including "The Vampire Cocktail" and "Daylight Martini."
How to make The Sybarite St Maur
The Sybarite by St Maur is a cocktail to share and enjoy in an unashamedly indulgent moment: cool, distinctive, of elegant taste and refined sensuality. A drink created to be worthy of the name, whilst remaining simple and easy to make.
Place a generous one and a half measures of St Maur, similarly one and a half measures of a good Nocino, the freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon, and the white of an egg in a Parisien cocktail shaker, and give the ingredients a good, vigorous ‘dry ’ shake to froth the mixture. Add ice to the shaker and give the mixture a second, more gentle shake, to cool the drink. That’s enough for two. Serve in a coffee cup, with slices of green fig.
How to make The Vampire Cocktail
The Vampire Cocktail from St Maur is a new classic to enjoy as the sun sets. St Maur's fun inspiration for this the Count who lives in the Carpathian mountains. It is basically a gin sour sweetened with maraschino liqueur but we have replaced the maraschino with St Maur and given the presentation an update.
To make a Vampire first make the drink, a St Maur gin sour: one measure of St Maur, two measures of gin, and the freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon, shaken with ice. Then, place the white of one egg in a cocktail shaker and add ½ a measure of crème de violette, and give the mixture a vigorous dry shake until it stiffens. Gently float the stiffened, perfumed egg white on the cocktail. Garnish with a vampire’s kiss - a few drops of a blood red mixture made by mixing crème de cassis and sirop de grenadine.
Serve and enjoy while the kids are trick or treating!
How to make the Daylight Martini
The Daylight Martini is a cocktail created uniquely with St Maur, to enjoy at Hallowe’en, and as a counterpoint to our very own Vampire cocktail. The Daylight Martini is a drink to be shared on any occasion, perhaps, when you feel the need to summon the protections of folklore against witches, vampires, werewolves, ghouls and ghosts. This drink brings the generous elderflower of St Maur, to invoke the protection of the Elder Mother spirit, along with garlic to ward off the evil eye.
You can make this cocktail with a dry gin, but we’ve chosen a Genever from Amsterdam to go with the St Maur, as a tribute to Abraham Van Helsing, who had a stake in Bram Stoker’s story, and who was Dutch and, well, from Amsterdam. It all tastes rather good too…
Place two measures of St Maur, with one measure of Oude Genever (or a dry gin if you prefer) in a Parisien cocktail shaker. Cut half a clove of garlic, peel, remove the tongue, and chop finely. Muddle the garlic in the St Maur and Genever. Add ice and shake gently to mix and cool the ingredients. Fine strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a green olive stuffed with garlic, with a wooden spike driven through its heart! Serve on a mirrored tray, just in case…
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