“An aperitif in France is not just a drink—it’s part of our culture,” says St-Germain global ambassador Camille Vidal, who grew up in Nîmes, in the south of France. “If the happy hour celebrates the end of the day, the aperitif celebrates the beginning of the night.”

The St-Germain Cocktail, the classic spritz variation fueled by the iconic elderflower liqueur, embodies this spirit of low-alcohol conviviality prevalent throughout Europe. Light, floral and refreshing, it’s a warm-weather go-to, easy in both execution and drinkability. Here’s how to make it:

How to Drink French Fluently: The St-Germain Cocktail from PUNCH on Vimeo.

Video by Saint Hereford.

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