Spring has sprung, and there's no better way to celebrate the beginning of the season than with St- Germain. Made from handpicked elderflowers native to France, it makes an elegant addition whether you’re planning a romantic picnic for two or partying outdoors with friends. Its subtle flavor allows it to pair easily with complementary spirits. A classic celebratory pairing combines St-Germain with Champagne, but bartenders in Denver are using it with more than just bubbly. Vodka, gin, rye, rum, tequila and bourbon all play well with St-Germain. See Eater’s map of where to find St-Germain in and out of the bottle. À votre santé!
In the center of Denver's Larimer Square you'll find an array of dining options, including chef-proprietor Frank Bonanno's Osteria Marco, an Italian eatery named after his son. Upon arriving at Osteria Marco, you'll be greeted by a chef who's slicing charcuterie and plating fresh cheese. You'll be seated downstairs in the large and lively dining room, where guests are enjoying Bonanno's childhood favorites, like hot-pressed paninis and lightly charred pizzas. Beverage director Adam Hodak has created a well-versed cocktail menu executed by queen of Speedrack-Denver Amanda Olig and fellow bartender Michael McGill. Try the Deconstructed Grapefruit, an Osteria Marco classic crafted with St-Germain.
2 oz. lemongrass-infused vodka
1 oz. St-Germain
4 oz. Peychaud’s Aromatic Cocktail Bitters
4 oz. San Pellegrino Limonata
Infuse 1 liter of vodka with 1 lb of fresh lemongrass for 3 weeks. Combine infused vodka, St-Germain and bitters. Shake, pour over ice and top with San Pellegrino Limonata. Give it a little stir and enjoy the refreshing flavor profile of grapefruit.