Local elderflower liqueur producer shares festive cocktail recipe in time for Christmas

By James Smith

15th Dec 2022 | Local News

St Maur has shared its recipe for its Partridge and Pear Sour Cocktail! (images supplied)
St Maur has shared its recipe for its Partridge and Pear Sour Cocktail! (images supplied)

A seasonal cocktail recipe has been shared by the creators of an elderflower liqueur which is made from ingredients and flavours gathered in an ancient family-owned woodlands in Alcester.

St Maur is a hand-crafted premium elderflower liqueur, created by William and Kelsey Seymour, Earl and Countess of Yarmouth.

On the bottle you'll see Percy, the brand's partridge mascot, a bird successfully introduced to England in the 19th century by an ancestor Francis Seymour, the 5th Marquess.

He is the ideal house guest for Christmas, even if you don't have a pear tree to hand!

The co-ordinates on the bottles will take you to Ladies Wood in the bucolic Warwickshire countryside, and to an elder grove where the elderflowers are hand-picked early summer by Lady and Lord Yarmouth themselves.

William Seymour St Maur co-founder and mixologist (image supplied)

And the earl and countess are saying "this Christmas no one will remember the gin and tonic. But they will remember the Partridge and Pear Sour cocktail you made with St Maur elderflower liqueur and your favourite gin".

A sweet and sour, balanced, silky Christmas classic. Easy to make, this delightful cocktail pairs nicely with savoury canapés and those hot, herby sausage rolls.

The partridge is provided by Percy, St Maur's partridge brand mascot.

For the pear puree used in this recipe either make your own, purchase an expensive specialised cocktail ingredient, or as done here, nip down to the supermarket and buy a pouch of 100 per cent pureed pear baby food!

St Maur Partridge and Pear Sour Cocktail


  • 1½ measures of St Maur.
  • 1½ measures of dry gin.
  • The freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon.
  • One egg white.
  • 7.5ml of pear puree.


  1. Put all the ingredients in a shaker and dry shake.
  2. Add ice and shake again.
  3. Then strain into a chilled martini glass - That should be enough for two!
  4. Garnish as you see fit - We have used a small sprig of purple sage as a garnish.

More St Maur cocktail recipes are available here.

This is how your St Maur Partridge and Pear Sour Cocktail should look! (Image supplied)


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