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Chartreuse Liqueur as ingredient

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allegro805 Jan 25, 2007 10:08 AM

Yesterday's LA Times food section had a recipe for a Chartreuse souffle. I've never tried Chartreuse, but admit I was made curious reading the piece.

Anyone else have opinions on Chartreuse as flavoring? What's it like? Any good ideas for use in cooking, or is it best to just stick to it as a cordial?

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  1. Bob Brooks RE: allegro805 Jan 25, 2007 02:13 PM

    I love Chartreuse. Try putting a generous slug of it in your next batch of chocolate brownies.

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      gudpal RE: Bob Brooks Jan 25, 2007 04:40 PM

      Sounds interesting! Do you use Green Chartreuse or Yellow?

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        Bob Brooks RE: gudpal Jan 25, 2007 06:28 PM

        Green and only green!

    2. Quine RE: allegro805 Jan 25, 2007 04:54 PM

      Chartreuse is one of those love it or hate it flavors. I suggest ordering it as a shot at the bar first to see how you like it. Very herbal.

      1. bitsubeats RE: allegro805 Jan 25, 2007 06:56 PM

        it is an incredibly herbal drink. I think it has like over 50 secret ingredients in it or something. Everytime I drink it I always taste something different too, rosemary, mint, licorice, etc.

        only use the green.

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          dct RE: allegro805 Jan 26, 2007 08:19 AM

          While I love Chartreuse, I had a friend compare it to cough syrup. It definitely packs a punch.

          In recipes, I've used it to make truffles--an excellent combination that intrigues many who can't place the flavor.

          Madeleine Kamman has a recipe for Chartreuse Napoleons, which I mean to try someday.

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            allegro805 RE: allegro805 Jan 26, 2007 01:42 PM

            I started looking online for places to buy it (I'm in Calif.). Lowest price I saw was about $38/bottle (750ml). Does that sound about right? Anyone have favorite online liquor purveyors? (and yes, I will try some at a bar first -- though I'm just assuming very few bars might have it in their selection of liqueurs, right??)

            1. HaagenDazs RE: allegro805 Jan 26, 2007 02:12 PM

              I've only had green. What's the difference in the yellow?

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                allegro805 RE: HaagenDazs Jan 26, 2007 02:23 PM

                I think you can go to www.chartreuse.fr for more info

                Supposedly the yellow is "sweeter and milder"... I read somewhere else that it's colored with saffron? The Chartreuse monks (Carthusian) apparently bottle several different liqueurs.

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                  Aromatherapy RE: HaagenDazs Jan 28, 2007 04:53 AM

                  Yellow's for wimps! ;-) Seriously, "sweeter and milder" is about right. I much prefer the green. I love the stuff.

                2. fafner RE: allegro805 Jan 28, 2007 10:14 AM

                  Yellow is a milder version that is flavored with honey. It is also a lower proof, 80 versus 110 for the green.

                  They both have their place.

                  A good yellow cocktail is the Amber Dream:

                  1 1/2 oz gin
                  3/4 oz sweet vermouth
                  1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
                  1 dash bitters

                  Stir over ice, serve up.

                  and for green, the Last Word:

                  1/2 ounce gin
                  1/2 ounce maraschino
                  1/2 ounce Chartreuse
                  1/2 ounce lime juice

                  Shake, serve up.

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