Here’s another cocktail that basically just goes to show that Chartreuse is a tough thing to include in a drink in any quantity without said drink tasting more or less like Chartreuse. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I always sort of hope, when confronted with Chartreuse-containing recipes, that finally, this one is going to be really something. Well, shame on me.
This drink seems to make its first appearance, like so many others, in Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book, but any provenance beyond that is unknown. As he presents it, the drink is mixed for six people; I’ve altered the quantities to reflect a single serving.
1 oz. green Chartreuse
1 oz. gin
1 oz. Italian vermouth (Carpano Antica)
1 dash orange bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist lemon peel above the drink, and garnish with a cherry.
So, yeah, it tastes more or less like Chartreuse. You get occasional hints of the vermouth, but not really much of the gin. The cherry seems wasted here. It’s drinkable, especially if you like Chartreuse, but there’s certainly nothing spectacular going on here. Three livers.