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April Showers Bring May Flowers (in a Cocktail)


You know what they say, “April showers bring May flowers.” And in the case of this week’s craft cocktail recipe, courtesy of our resident cocktail expert, Mitchell Earrey over at Livingston Cellars in the Town of Livingston, the floral fragrance and flavor the elderflower-inspired Nomayo cocktail is the perfect May blossom for our cocktail glass.

This delightful peach colored cocktail has an untraceable history of French origin, and this recipe is a variation of the classic cocktail, described with appropriate French flourish, on St. Germain’s website.


Nomayo Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 1/2 parts gin (or vodka)
  • 3/4 part St. Germain Elderflower
  • 1/2 part Aperol
  • 1/2 part fresh lemon juice
  • sparkling white wine (We use a crisp cava from Spain)
  • lemon peel (for garnish)


  • Combine first 4 ingredients in a shaker, fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds or until chilled well.
  • Strain into a chilled cup, and top with sparkling white wine.
  • Garnish with an lemon peel. Enjoy!

Mitchell’s Notes

While this cocktail may have several ingredients, the difficulty level for crafting this cocktail is very low. The sweet florals of the St. Germain are kept in check by the bitter and tart qualities of the Aperol and lemon juice, while the cava lends effervescence and freshness. Great for a brunch or an afternoon book club meeting with the ladies!