This complex gin creation pairs gin, Chartreuse, and Aperol to make the Apropos Cocktail. There’s a bit of lime thrown in there for some unknown reason, this drink is just pure flavor from all directions. Strange flavors, at that. The Chartreuse, yellow in this case, adds a boatload of herbal flavors, while the Aperol adds some bitterness and citrus and even some rhubarb. Lime is just an afterthought!
If you want even more herbal flavors, skip the yellow Chartreuse and go for the green Chartreuse. This will increase the proof, as well, going from 80 proof to 110. The Aperol is often thought of as a lighter Campari, which is pretty simplistic, and wildly accurate in terms of bitterness.
The Apropos Cocktail
- 1.5 Oz. Gin
- 1 Oz. Aperol
- .25 Oz. Yellow Chartreuse
- .5 Oz. Lime juice
- 2 slices Fresh orange to garnish
- Combine all of your ingredients into your cocktail shaker and add ice.
- Shake it all up.
- Strain into a rocks glass.
- Tuck some fresh orange slices in your glass as a garnish.
Notes on the Apropos cocktail
The recipe calls for .25 oz. of herbaceous Chartreuse, and it’s plenty. Licorice cough drop fans could definitely add some more.
The ratio of Aperol to Chartreuse is quite nice here, but if you want more Aperol, you should add some or take away a bit of the Chartreuse.
Because so many of the flavors are so bold, you gin will get lost in the mix. This is a great opportunity to finish off that bottle of not so favorite gin. Do a bit of recycling and then treat yourself to a fresh bottle.
Enjoy this potent gin cocktail frighteningly cold!