The Ascension Martini (His & Hers) | Holy Day Cocktails

Paul’s Recipe

  • 2 oz Dry Gin
  • .5 oz St. Germain
  • .5 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • Garnish with a Lemon Twist

Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Amanda’s Recipe

  • 4 oz Champagne
  • .5 oz St. Germain
  • Splash of Lemon Juice
  • Garnish with a Raspberry

Add St Germain and Lemon Juice to a martini or coupe glass. Stir a little to combine. Then add champagne on top, plopping the raspberry in it.

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We are still in Easter, and yesterday was the Christian Holy Day celebrating the Ascension of Christ, a fascinating event whose theological implications continue to be explored (here’s a great book on it). It is complex, elusive, beautiful, and bright. So here are two cocktails in that same vein for you to enjoy!

I originally made my version, which has depth, character, and complexity. My wife wasn’t a huge fan so she made her own, which is bright, sweet, and fun. Hers is very delightful and playful while mine is a little more “serious”.

So pick your drink and let your glass rise as Christ himself did!

On a side note, depending on what year you are seeing this post, the feat of Saint Germanus could also fall right around here. That’s why both of these drinks include the excellent elderflower liqueur, St. Germain.

Ingredient Notes

For both drinks, use whatever of each ingredient you like. If you don’t have Lillet Blanc, you can use a white sweet wine or a blanc vermouth. If you must, you can use a dry vermouth. For champagne, just use something cheap. I also think the raspberry is a must here.

Recipe Cards

Paul’s Version

Amanda’s Version


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