Green Chartreuse, as I have written before, is kind of a challenging liqueur. Like absinthe, it has a powerful flavor that tends to dominate a drink unless it is used very sparingly. And while I hesitate to say it tastes unpleasant, the unpleasant elements of its flavor do seem to predominate when it’s mixed with other things. It is a very interestingly-flavored product, and I find myself wanting to like it more than I do, but I guess I just haven’t found the right thing to put it in.
Until now! BAAAAAAAAAAAAAM!
1/2 Plymouth gin
1/4 green Chartreuse
1/4 lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
It’s that simple, and it’s that good! This combination of ingredients perfectly tames the harsher aspects of the Chartreuse, leaving you with a good dose of its flavor without being overpowered by it. In fact, the Spring Feeling, as befits its name, is quite light and refreshing. A very solid four livers. If you’ve tried Chartreuse before and been less than whelmed, give the Spring Feeling a shot. And if you have already developed a taste for the green stuff, what are you waiting for?