Ah the Chartreuse Swizzle, if ever was a drink tikiphiles and classic cocktail nuts could come together and shake hands on it’s this. This is a great drink and many know of it, yet not everyone knows of it which strikes me as odd. As universally satiating as this drink is It should be as common as the cosmo. Of course then it would come in a rancid bottled mix and it would be served to you by a guy wearing 10 pounds of flair, so maybe no…
This month’s general theme is bitter tiki for those of us bitter about the holidays. Though it’s got some wiggle room for those bar geek beloved ingredients that just don’t make it often into Donn Beach style cocktails. This week we take a look at a certain mean green made by Carthusian Monks.
Chartreuse is bar geek fuel that comes in two styles, green being the most popular. It’s also something I’d never actually tasted until about a year ago. As shameful as that is it’s simply not available at all thanks to our wretched control board and it’s inept ways. Sure I’d heard about it, and even knew what it was. After all the net was constantly abuzz with it.
Well when I finally got my bottle there’s a lot of classic drinks I could have made first. Even a couple classic tiki’s, but there was only one in mind. Armed with some freshly juiced pineapple I happily cobbled together an intoxicating Chartreuse Swizzle. This drink seems odd at first simply because well, the base is just Green Chartreuse. However this drink created by Marcovaldo Dionysos of Smuggler’s Cove not only works it’s pretty damn good and simple. I do recommend however taking the time and the effort to really juice the hell out of a fresh pineapple. It does a world of good.
1 ¼ oz Green Chartreuse
1 oz Pineapple juice
¾ oz Lime juice
½ oz Falernum
Combine in a small Collins glass then fill with crushed ice and swizzle by rotating a barspoon between your palms up and down the center of the glass. You’ll know your good when the outside of the glass gets icey. Should you have one you can also use a swizzlestick.
We use Fee Brothers, but should you have it Velvet Falernum also works. We like to garnish it with a mint sprig and a small square of pineapple, sadly we were fresh out when we were photographing, down economy and all.
Economic woes aside this drink is immaculate, it has a brilliant aroma and a big flavor. Oregano and other deep herbs like tobacco, and mint, come up first. Then the sharp lime flavors and spicy sweet ginger. I feel like the pineapple is helping everyone get along and come together in this shaking hands. It’s not really present beyond a few happy notes but it is vital in helping tame the chartreuse. All in all this drink leaves you joyous, contemplative, and refreshed.
Later this week we’ll have a pair of MxMo drinks for this month’s contest hosted by us! One from me, and one from and written by my bro Dan himself who gets to borrow the site. Till next time…
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