Not many cocktails are as simple as this Gin and Chartreuse. You just can’t go wrong with three ingredients. The Chartreuse really takes the lead on this one. This cocktail is also unique in that it’s not super light, nor is it super heavy. Sort of the best of both worlds, especially since the yellow Chartreuse packs such a flavor punch here. It’s just enough without going overboard.
Chartreuse is, perhaps, and acquired taste. This version is made with yellow Chartreuse, which is sweeter and less punchy than the green Chartreuse version. I would definitely suggest the yellow version if you are leery of too much herbal flavor. Because of the intense herbal flavors, a nice neutral gin is best here. Dingle makes a highly rated and delightful London Dry.
Gin and Chartreuse
- 1.5 Oz. Gin
- .5 Oz. Lemon juice
- .5 Oz. Yellow Chartreuse
- .5 Oz. Simple syrup
- Combine all ingredients into your cocktail shaker.
- Add ice and shake vigorously.
- Strain into your chilled coupe glass.
More about the Chartreuse in the Gin and Chartreuse cocktail.
Chartreuse varieties are made in France, 1737! The Carthusian Monks make this pungent and herbal liqueur in two primary varieties using 130 herbs, plants, and flowers. The yellow Chartreuse is lower alcohol, about 80 proof, and has a sweeter and milder herbal flavor. Let me be the first to tell you that I can’t even imagine how strong the green variety of Chartreuse is, coming in at 110 proof and even more chocked full of herbal flavor.
You will also find that Chartreuse can, and will, age in the bottle. You will also find, if you are brave enough, that you can drink Chartreuse straight, and the flavors and palate vary depending on the temperature in which it is served. Typically, you want to enjoy a liqueur such as this when very cold. And perhaps in very small amounts?
Enjoy the licorice, anise, herbs, and general cough drop experience!