March 14, 2014 – The Republic Steakhouse
1 1/4 oz. gin
1/4 oz. yellow Chartreuse
Dash orange bitters
Stir in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
This was the winner of the evening. Made with Bombay gin. A really lovely combination of piney juniper and light licorice that reminded me of something I’d tasted before but just couldn’t put my finger on. It came to me later that it had some elements of a slightly overripe orange.
Made from grain alcohol aged with 130 herbs, plants, and flowers, Chartreuse is a French liqueur made by Carthusian Monks since 1737 according to the recipe in a secret manuscript given to them in 1605. Green Chartreuse (responsible for introducing the use of the same color term first documented in 1884) is 110 proof, whereas the yellow Chartreuse used in this brilliant drink is a milder, sweeter 80 proof.
A votre santé! (French)