This will be the first of several calls to cocktail action, but we just wanted to get the word out that Edible Communities, our parent publishing organization is partnering nationwide on a seasonal cocktail contest with St-Germain, the French elderflower liqueur.
The lovely floral liqueur might not be local, but it’s seriously artisanal, seeing as the elderflower blossoms are being collected by hand in the Alpine foothills this very spring as they are each year. These guys respect their indigenous ingredients, in other words. That’s why for their fourth annual competition — the Can-Can Cocktail Classic — they’ve asked us to help judge the entries from Manhattan and Brooklyn. The drinks should a) use St-Germain and b) taste great, but in Edible style, they should c) skillfully use local and fresh ingredients that really highlight their region and the season they’re meant to be served in, perhaps using such things as Tristar strawberries from Union Square Greenmarket and lavender from your community garden or Concord grapes or Newtown Pippin apples or The Stand’s Meyer lemon syrups or those bitters now being made right in the borough. You, no doubt, will come up with even better ideas. You have until the end of August to enter, and you can get more details and the entry form right here. Regional winners will then be in the running to score $10,000. That’s plenty to keep you in your cups for a good long while.