Here’s a flower-related gift I bet no gardening columnist has yet recommended. I was trolling the aisles of my favorite gigantic local liquor store recently, looking for interesting bottles, when I found this:
It’s St. Germain, an artisanal liquor made from elderflowers that was launched last February. I was either uncharacteristically cautious or maybe just broke that day, because I bought the little trial size first, tried it on the rocks, and later bought the full size. I’m holding onto it to use with champagne, as I agree with NYTimes critic Florence Fabricant, who says:
On its own, this 40-proof liqueur, said to be the first made from fresh elderflowers hand-picked in the Alps and macerated in eau de vie, is pretty intense unless it’s cut with ice and a splash of soda. But it adds a lush fruitiness to a glass of Champagne or white wine.
A beautiful belle epoque bottle plus a drink that smells of flowers and tastes yummy. Sounds like a fun gift to me.