Inspiration comes from odd places when your making tropical themed drinks. Historically plastic “Polynesian” drinks came from a variety of inspirations. Some romantic, some action filled, some with strange words that drunks just enjoyed trying to say. Personally I love them all but I tend to be more inspired by the spirit of danger. This week’s drink is inspired by my love of snakes and the deadly beauty that venomous snakes embody. Like these emerald hunter’s the drink’s beauty veils it’s deadly bite.
A lot of inspiration from this drink comes from Marcovaldo Dionysos before he was at Smuggler’s Cove the amazing Chartreuse Swizzle cocktail. We’ve never been to Smuggler’s Cove but we certainly want to visit, even work if Martin Cate would have us. The drink also has a bite of delicious Lemon Hart 151 and a body of delicious golden Jamaican rum. Orgeat pairs surprisingly well with Chartreuse adding nutty orangey notes to it’s herbal glory. The leaves of the mint and cherry remind me of the dense jungle trees that hide the ruby eyes of the viper.
1 ½ oz Appleton Special
½ oz Lemon Hart 151
¾ oz Green Chartreuse
¼ oz Senior blue curacao
1 oz fresh lime juice
½ oz fresh orange juice
½ oz orgeat
Combine in a shaker and give a nice hard shake to crack the ice and combine the ingredients. Then Pour into a footed Pilsner or tulip glass and garnish with a bushy sprig of mint and a brandied cherry.
The drink has a slightly savory nose of oregano, burnt sugar, and a distinct nuttiness. It’s flavor is rich in myriad herbal notes but never becomes bitter. Notes of demerera funk, molasses, and smoke marry well with a sweet and sour finish of lime, and orange. This drink definitely makes for a refreshing afternoon sip with just enough layers to keep it interesting. It’s sour but never to sour.
After all that time as a roving reporter it’s nice to be shaking up Tiki treasures again. This cocktail marks one hundred posts for our little catalog of boozing. We hope you’ll stick with us for one hundred more. Until next time…
“You Get Hammered America!” – JFL