Category Archives: Classic Cocktails

St. Germain & The Boutonniere Cocktail

The Boutonniere is an unique and wonderful springtime cocktail. The idea for this recipe comes from Scott Holliday at Rendezvous in Central Square, Cambridge, MA. As the name indicates, this cocktail really looks like, smells like, and tastes like a boutonniere. It is a great afternoon cooler.

Boutonniere:

  • 2 ounces applejack
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce St. Germain Liqueur
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters

Mix the ingredients in a mixing glass with large ice cubes. Using a julep strainerstrain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

You can either leave the twist in the drink, or discard it. The important thing is that using a zester you zest the orange over the finished cocktail. This way the oils from the orange zest will spray onto the top of the drink. The oils floating on the top will add a wonderful aroma for each sip you or your guests take from this already fragrant and delicious cocktail.