How to Make a St. Germain Cocktail with TikTok Bartender Miles Turner

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Miles Turner, bartender and rising star on TikTok, tells us exactly when and how to sip a classic St. Germain cocktail.

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If you need inspiration for your next cocktail, look no further than home bartender Miles Turner and his St. Germain cocktail. Miles is a creator sharing his love of food and drink (and lots of cocktails!) on the social media platform TikTok.

When the country first went into quarantine, Miles started a TikTok profile to fill his newfound downtime. Soon, his bartending and cooking videos were garnering hundreds of thousands of views!

“TikTok has allowed me to build a community of individuals who share similar interests,” he says.

Dozens of colorful videos fill his feed, inspiring his thousands of followers with ideas for their next work-from-home happy hour. But carbonated drinks aren’t the only bubbly thing on his profile, Miles’ energy and cheerful smile show how much he loves making drinks with his followers!

What Is a St. Germain Cocktail?

This drink is a refreshing mix of floral notes from the elderflower liqueur and lush fruit notes of apple or melon from the wine. It’s topped with just the right amount of fizz from club soda.

“St. Germain does a really good job at lifting the cocktail,” Miles says. “It just has a note you can’t put your finger on.”

That hard-to-describe X factor makes this drink easy to mix up for a special occasion or dress down for a casual evening.

Miles has a clear idea of the perfect night for serving these chilled sippers: “I’d say that it’s summer, on a rooftop with a gorgeous view, and surrounded by friends.” But during 2020, he hasn’t been gathering with friends in light of social distancing so he’s sipping this spritz in a different situation. “Now I enjoy them while sitting on my couch watching Netflix,” he says.

Psst: You can also use St. Germain to make a negroni.

How to Shake Your Cocktail

The only special equipment required for this drink is a cocktail shaker; however, those can be intimidating for cocktail novices. Miles says to hold the shaker horizontally (parallel to the floor) and shake with a back-and-forth motion so that the ice travels the longest possible distance. This will ensure the liquid inside is properly chilled.

He adds, “If you are a beginner, please secure the top of the shaker with your other hand so your cocktail doesn’t end up all over.” Roger that!

If shaking up a mixed drink sparks the desire to share your love of cocktails on TikTok, Miles says, “Post it!” He encourages people not to hold back. “Create content that you love and even if only a couple people see it,” he says, “you’ve probably brought a smile to someone’s day.”

Miles Turner’s Recipe for the St. Germain Cocktail

This recipe serves one, but you can make two at a time.

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Ingredients

  • 3 ounces white wine (Miles recommends riesling or chardonnay.)
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur (Miles uses St. Germain, of course.)
  • 1-2 ounces club soda
  • 2- to 3-inch slice lemon peel
  • Ice for shaking and serving

Directions

Step 1: Add white wine and liqueur to a shaker and top with ice.

Step 2: Shake for 20-30 seconds until shaker tin is visibly frosty.

Step 3: Strain mixture into a glass filled with ice. Top with club soda.

Step 4: Squeeze the peel to release the oils of the lemon, run lemon peel around the rim of the glass before dropping into the cocktail as garnish.

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Mandy Naglich
Mandy is a food and beverage writer with bylines at WNYC, Munchies, Mic and October. She's a Certified Cicerone and award-winning homebrewer living, writing and cooking in New York City.