If you’re looking for a light and refreshing cocktail, look no further. I’m not normally a fan of grapefruit on its own, but there’s something about the way the bitterness cuts out the overly sweet/floral taste of St. Germain (elderflower liqueur) that results in cocktail perfection.

I’d had drinks with St. Germain that I enjoyed before, but they were usually made with champagne or prosecco and much too sweet for my liking. When I tried something similar at the The Belmont while visiting a friend in Charleston, SC, it was love at first sip. I knew immediately that I wanted this to be one of the signature cocktails at our wedding.

Since I didn’t have access to the exact recipe, I searched online and found Chow’s version called the Bichon Frisé. It was close, but still a tiny bit too sweet for me, so I tried different variations until I found the combination I liked best. Since this was going to be served in mass quantity at a wedding, I tried several store-bought juices first, but nothing tasted as good as the fresh-squeezed stuff. Go figure.

I’ve included recipes for both large batch (see graphic below) and single serving quantities.

What you need:
1.5 oz. (1 shot)  St. Germain
3 oz. (2 shots) vodka
4.5 oz. (3 shots) fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit (usually 1 1/2 grapefruit)

How to:
1. Combine St. Germain, vodka and fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker (if you don’t have one, no worries, just stir it together) and shake.
2. Serve in a cocktail glass (or quilted mason jar if you have it) over ice.
3. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.
4. Drink and repeat

Let me know how you like it.