I remember my first St. Germain. It was splashed into my glass of champagne. It was fresh and flowery and delightful. I assumed that this aromatic floral liqueur had been on the market for centuries. All good things from France are. I've had other "imitations" and they're syrupy sweet and can't even compare. I was quite shocked to learn that the idea behind St. Germain, the beautiful name and packaging, doesn't hail from France, but from here in the US. It was the creation of Robert J. Cooper, heir of of the Charles Jacquin et Cie throne, an old cordials and liqueur house based in Philadelphia. After a visit to the UK where he first experienced this most unique flavor, he set out to create his own. St. Germain was founded in 2007, and is manufactured in Dijon, France. It has since taken the US and the world by storm. Robert J. Cooper passed away on Monday at the age of 39. For more on Robert J. Cooper read the piece most recently published in The New York Times.
The weekend is right around the corner and spring is in the air. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle of this wonderful liqueur!