Master of Cocktails The Go Lightly

Well hello there cocktail chums. Time for a drink? If you check your watch, you’ll see that it is indeed #MasterofCocktails-o’clock – what perfect timing!

This week we’re making a little something I robbed from the St Germain website. It’s a ‘Go Lightly’ recipe, and it is *delicious*. We’ll of course be using St Germain’s excellent elderflower liqueur, and I’ve also gone ahead and amended the recipe a bit to make it more of a long drink.

Master of Cocktails Go Lightly Ingredients

You’ll be needing these…

List of Ingredients

So – to start with, we’re going to measure out 30ml of Cocchi Americano. A light, bitter aperitif.

Master of Cocktails Cocchi Americano

That goes into a stirring glass with a handful of ice:

Master of Cocktails Ice

Immediately followed by 10ml of St Germain Elderflower Liqueur. This is a smashing Elderflower Liqueur.

Master of Cocktails St Germain

Good enough to drink neat, this. Yummers.

Master of Cocktails St Germain

Next up, a big sprig of Basil. The original recipe calls for shaking, but stirring achieves the same result without smashing the basil to bits.

Master of Cocktails Basil

So – quick stir…

Master of Cocktails Stir

You’ll be amazed at how much is drawn out of the basil… The aroma is *amazing*.

Master of Cocktails Basil Aroma

Strain that into a cocktail glass…

Master of Cocktails Strain

And top with 100ml of fizz. I’m using Chapel Down Vintage Reserve, but Champagne would do.

Master of Cocktails Champagne

This quantity of fizz is about twice what the original recipe calls for incidentally. I just prefer it longer.

To garnish – you’re going to need one of these – a Canelle Knife.

Master of Cocktails Canelle Knife

“What’s that for”, I hear you say? This:

Master of Cocktails Lemon Peel

Make yourself a little spiral, and pop into the glass.

Master of Cocktails Garnish

And serve. The ‘Go Lightly’. Sort of. But a bit longer. Absolutely delicious.

Master of Cocktails The Go Lightly




Here’s what we’re going to be using for next week’s #MasterofCocktails. Consider yourself informed.

Master of Cocktails Next Week Ingredients

Next week, you’ll be needing these…
Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Rye, Bénédictine D.O.M. Liqueur, St. George Absinthe Verte, Martini Gran Lusso, Peychaud’s Bitters and Luxardo Maraschino Cherries