Jackie Patterson, former mixologist at Le Colonial in San Francisco, and creator of this coquettish cocktail, combines three French liquors for a drink that’s deceptively stiff. Floating the champagne allows it to stay separated from the heavier ingredients below, resulting in a soft blush reminiscent of the skin of an Anjou pear.

What to buySt-Germain is an elderflower liqueur that has won over bartenders. It can be found at high-end liquor stores and online.

Grey Goose La Poire is a light, smooth vodka infused with Anjou pears; it’s also available at high-end liquor stores and online.

Game plan: To float liquid in a cocktail, place the tip of a spoon perpendicular to the inside edge of the glass, turn the curve of the spoon toward the ceiling, and slightly angle the spoon downward. Slowly pour the liquid to be floated down the spoon toward the inside of the glass and, so long as the liquid is less dense than the other liquids in the glass, it will float. Learn how to open a Champagne bottle the correct way too.

  • Yields: 1 drink
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: Under 5 mins 
  • Active: Under 5 mins

Ingredients (6)

  • 2 parts Lillet Blanc
  • 1 1/2 parts St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 1 part Grey Goose La Poire vodka
  • Ice
  • 1 part brut rosé champagne
  • 1 pear slice, for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine Lillet, St-Germain, and vodka in a cocktail shaker and top with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  2. Carefully float champagne on top of Lillet mixture. Garnish with pear slice and serve.