St. Germain Elderflower
Ironically, for a liqueur destined to assist in the slowing down and savoring of the moment, St‑Germain begins with something of a race against time.
This is because there are only a few fleeting weeks in the spring when fresh wild blossoms can be gathered for St‑Germain.
The blossoms in question are elderflowers. In European folklore, the elder tree is of particular célébrité. Extracts and oils derived from the beloved plant have been employed medicinally and mystically for centuries. An herbal ange gardien, one might say.