The Surf City Spritz is LA’s Perfect Year-Round Cocktail

Camille Ralph Vidal
Camille Ralph Vidal

Photo Credit: St. Germain

Photo Credit: Ace Hotel
The Endless Summer is more than just an iconic surfing documentary; to Southern Californians, it’s a way of life. Thus, the Surf City Spritz—a new cocktail made primarily with St. Germain from the collaboration, How to Drink French Fluently, between the liqueur’s ambassador Camille Ralph Vidal and PUNCH, is the perfect libation to sip year-round. Though heavy on the hard stuff like gin and pineapple rum, supplementary ingredients of elderflower, quinine and nutmeg—all of which have, at one point, been believed to have medicinal qualities—more than hint at SoCal’s health-conscious culture. So what if the drink is actually named for the site of the Jersey Shore’s first resort, The Mansion of Health? This drink is pure California, baby! Find it at downtown L.A.’s hip haven, The Ace Hotel. “The Surf City Spritz is a beautiful daytime libation! Light and refreshing, there is loads of delightful flavor going on there, much like L.A.’s infectious atmosphere,” noted Camille Ralph Vidal.
Surf City Spritz
Surf City Spritz

Photo Credit: St. Germain

1 ounce American gin
¾ ounce St. Germain
½ ounce pineapple rum
½ ounce Cocchi Americano
¼ ounce honey syrup (2 parts honey,
1 part water)
1 ounce coconut water
2 ounces soda water
Stir the first six ingredients in a wine glass with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with dehydrated pineapple chip or fresh pineapple slice.
How to Drink French Fluently is a passionate ‘Santé!’ to everything in life that feels good, from spirited conversation and great food to beauty, art and music. The first cocktail book from St. Germain, a French liqueur flavored with elderflowers, is accompanied by dozens of original and innovative cocktail recipes from some of the world’s top bartenders.