Do you have siblings? What was your experience growing up with siblings?
I remember once witnessing two of our friends (they are siblings) having a fight in front of us. To me, it sounded like they were about to kill each other.
I freaked out.
Han, on the contrary, calmly comforted me with a nothing-is-happening kind of voice, “Don’t worry. This is not a fight. It’s just a normal sibling conversation.”
I am a single child, so I can probably never understand “normal sibling conversations”. Living with Han’s baby brother for almost two months just proves it.
There have been no fights. Maybe grown-up siblings just don’t fight anymore?! Or, maybe it’s because Han treasures the days he spends with Felix very much as #1, Han hadn’t been home (Jacksonville, FL) since he left for college ten years ago; #2, we are leaving in a few months.
However, I found it fascinating when they laugh out loud at the jokes that no one else can understand; when they make exactly the same sound when they burp; when they talk nonsense when they play League of Legends…
It seems that they have their own language. Although I don’t understand the English they speak to each other most of the time, I absolutely adore these two weirdos.
However, there is this one thing that neither Han nor I get about Felix…his knowledge about alcohol.
Just so you know that we have a fully-stocked hard liquor bar, a 32-bottle wine cooler and two cocktail shakers at home.
Felix gave me a full lecture regarding wine body when I grabbed the wrong wine glass for a bottle of Merlot. According to him, the glass I was going to use was apparently not wide enough for red wine.
He can describe how each bottle on his liquor bar tastes in great detail. He also makes ridiculously good cocktails.
You think Felix drinks. What if I told you that he couldn’t even stand the smell of alcohol? Would you believe me? I don’t blame you if you say no. I found it’s unbelievable too. Oddly, that’s the truth.
I really don’t get how Felix gains all that knowledge without drinking, not even a little bit. But, I requested him to share this St. Germain Cocktail With Pineapple Juice recipe with you because I promise that you will love it. It’s irresistible!
If you like cocktails, chances are, you’ve had some mixed with St. Germain. It is made from elderflower, a small, white starry flower from the hillsides in the French Alps during a short four-to-six-week period in spring. For that particular reason, each bottle of St. Germain is individually numbered, reflecting the year in which the flowers were picked.
The bright and fragrant flavor that St. Germain carries combines perfectly well with fruit juices to create decent cocktails. In this recipe, we are going to use pineapple juice.
If you want an even fancier version, I would recommend that you juice your own pineapple juice. If you decide to use a can of pineapple juice, make sure to shake it well before adding to your cocktail shaker. I didn’t. That’s why the color of the two glasses of cocktail photographed is different, which also affected the taste a bit. So don’t make the same mistake that I made when making this recipe.
What else is in this cocktail? You will need some clear Rum and Ginger Ale. Optionally, some fresh mint leaves for a more refreshing flavor.
Shake shake! This St. Germain cocktail is bright, refreshing, crisp, fragrant, perfectly sweet…and YUM!!
Here’s to summer! Cheers!
- 4 fl oz St. Germain liquor
- 4 fl oz clear Rum
- 4 fl oz pineapple juice
- 2 fl oz Ginger Ale
- 6 mint leaves (optional)
- ice cubes
- Place 6-8 ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. (If you don’t have one, any tall container with a tight lid will work.) Shake pineapple juice well and pour 4 fl oz over the ice, followed by St. Germain and Rum. Add mint leaves if using. Close the lid and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Fill a cocktail glass with 4-6 new ice cubes, pour the mixed drink from the shaker into the glass. Add Ginger Ale, then stir gently. Garnish with more mint leaves and/or a slice of pineapple. Enjoy!
Recipe credit goes to Felix Chang.
- Serving Size: 1