Sunday, December 23, 2007

Drink of the Week: Hague Cocktail

Have you tried Chartreuse yet? It's a French liqueur which is produced by Carthusian monks (their order is located just Southwest of Lyons, France). It is flavored with 130 different herbs and only two monks know the entire recipe. Chartreuse is distilled in both green and yellow versions. The green is higher in proof and is more herbal in flavor.

Chartreuse may be drunk straight as a pre- or post-dinner drink, but it also mixes wonderfully in cocktails.

This is the Hague Cocktail: a marvelous way to use Green Chartreuse in a drink. The herbal quality of the Chartreuse blends beautifully with the herbal notes in the vermouth.

Hague Cocktail

Stir (do not shake) in an iced mixing glass:
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce Green Chartreuse
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
Serve in an iced martini glass. (Technically, this should be garnished with a cherry, but I had none on hand.)

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