Poor Valentine’s Day is guilty of tempting bartenders (and drinkers) to shoehorn chocolate liqueur into martinis. Resist and instead pay homage to the holiday’s most iconic amoureuses with a cocktail that is sweet, but not cloying. The châtelaine, a French word loosely translated into “woman who calls the shots,” stars the layered, fruity and floral flavors of St-Germain liqueur. Made from elderflower harvested in the French Alps, St-Germain plays well with the mild, herbal notes found in gin. Pomegranate juice ignites the glass with the season’s signature color and the wine’s acidity balances the sweetness. The evening’s cocktail should be as complex as the occasion and as self-confident as its muse.
2 oz white wine
1 oz gin
1 oz pomegranate juice
1/2 oz St-Germain liqueur
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add all of the remaining ingredients and shake. Strain into a chilled glass.