April 25, 2014 – The Republic Steakhouse
3/4 oz. vermouth bianco
1/4 oz. green Chartreuse
1 oz. Irish whiskey
Stir over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Red Breast Irish whiskey… so far my favorite Irish whiskey… and Lillet Blanc. The Lillet, with its clean dry herbals and the Chartreuse with its sweeter florals combined to take off what little edge there was to the whiskey, in a good way. Chris let me taste the green and yellow versions of Chartreuse (see the entry for the Alaska) side by side. Although both have a similar “base” taste, the green is much more complex. I preferred the green, myself.
Lillet, strictly speaking, is not a vermouth, but an aperitif tonic wine made from a blend of Bordeaux wines, liqueurs of sweet and bitter orange peels, and the “tonic” requisite quinine. Here’s a bit of trivia… the original formulation of Lillet Blanc, Kina Lillet, is the preferred drink of Hannibal Lecter.
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