Well, here we are for our second post of Mix it up Mondays! This week our featured cocktail is the Saint Clement, also known as our version of the pear martini.
I’ll let S describe our inspiration:
Early in our relationship, J introduced me to the wonderful flavor of elderflowers. St Germaine was (and is still) his liqueur of choice, and man is it sweet! By itself it’s almost a syrup with this lovely, delicate floral sent dancing across its surface. Even as an aperitif or dessert cordial it’s way to heavy handed for my tastes, though I should mention that I drink unsweet tea. Nevertheless, we started playing with it and came up with a really solid martini that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. First off, we found the elderflower blends beautifully with pear, but it was still incredibly sweet. Enter our good friend, dry gin. Shake those three up to get them nice and cold, and you’ve got a match made in heaven (if you’re not a gin fan, vodka is also delicious). For an extra pop of flavor, we strain it into a chilled martini glass over a healthy twist of lemon. Ladies and gentleman, the Saint Clement:
60 ml (2 oz) high quality gin or vodka
30 ml (1 oz) Elderflower liqueur -St. Germaine is our fave!!
45 ml (1.5 oz) pear liqueur
Fun fact: Saint Clement, for whom we named this libation, is the patron saint of metal workers and blacksmiths whose holiday is celebrated by the firing of an anvil and children begging for fruit (namely pears).