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Apr 21, 2012 02:42 PM

Green Chartreuse - what recipes are out there?

Just bought a bottle today and, paradoxically, it was CHEAPER than the yellow (go figure). Can someone help me out with some ideas for doing things other than just sipping slightly chilled? I'm not an experienced cocktail maker - a Negroni is about as complex as I get and it doesn't use Chartreuse.

FWIW I actually visited Chartres a few years ago - awesome cathedral which was under reconstruction. The only other liqeurs in my bar right now are
1) Cask strength Benedictine - picked up at the quaint Ripley's like museum in Fecamp
2) (43?) Quarenta y Tres
I'm willing to be goaded into buying more liqueurs if it helps me use my Green better.

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  1. Chartreuse swizzle. Just amazing drink. Google it for it has many variations. I have not tried the Last Word but it appears to be delicious as well

    1. To take it a different direction, saw a recipe for marshmallows made with Chartreuse the other week. They were then used to make Rice Krispies treats with chocolate.

      1. I like a Bijou

        1.5 oz Nolet's Gin
        .5 oz Green Chartuse
        .5 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth

        stir for 40-60 seconds with a barspoon in mixing tin with ice
        Strain into chilled martini glass

        lemon peel shreds (with a channel knife) done over the glass so citrus lemon oils get into the drink, i use a good amount of shreds, maybe like 7 - 10 shreds

        This is what the knife looks like

        then enjoy

        If you like Negroni's and Green Chartreuse you will love this drink

        I have made a version with 1:1:1 Negroni formula which is an alternate recipe but it tastes too medicinal - the type of vermouth and gin have a big effect on the taste, i prefer a toned down juniper profile, i have used beefeater 24 which is still toned down some and i didnt care for it as much as the Nolet's

        Let me know what you think

        1. Buy Maraschino and make the Last Word and Final Ward. You won't be disappointed.

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          1. re: EvergreenDan

            +1 on the Last Word and Final Ward suggestions. Plus a bottle of Maraschino (I recommend Luxardo brand) will allow you to make a wide range of wonderful classic cocktails that call for it

            1. re: EvergreenDan

              +2, especially on the Final Ward variation.

              The Tipperary cocktail isn't too bad either. (Irish whiskey, green chartreuse, sweet vermouth).

              I want some of that cask strength Benedictine! Had no idea that such a thing existed.

              1. re: EvergreenDan

                For Mixology Monday XLVI, themed "Green" (Green or green-related ingredients), I substituted Gran Classico (a Campari-like amaro) for Maraschino, and called it the "Bad Word". I like it even better than the original.


                Others are welcome to join in the fun, can certainly Green Chartreuse is an obvious ingredient for the green theme.

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              2. I like a Champs Elysee, myself. The Last Word and its variants are also delicious. A bit of Chartreuse in a cup of hot chocolate is a treat in cold weather.

                I am envious of your Single Cask Benedictine; I must get to F├ęcamp one of these days to obtain some of that myself.

                BTW, Chartreuse is not connected with Chartres -- Chartres is a celebrated cathedral town east of Paris, but the Chartreuse liqueurs were originally made by the Carthusian monks of the Grande Chartreuse monastery just north of Grenoble (and now manufactured in a secular distillery in Voiron, a little distance away).

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                1. re: johncb

                  I stand corrected sir. I knew it was made by monks but always assumed that the location was somewhere near Chartres. Anyway, the cathedral is very impressive. I recommend the trip to Fecamp if only because the museum there is so idiosyncratic - partly a museum of benedictine making and partly something like a Ripley's believe it or no and all housed in the strangest of buildings.