Mixing up a delicious Chartreuse and gin cocktail with a few ingredients is what this drink is all about. This sweet and spicy Chartreuse cocktail is the perfect sipping drink and easy to make.
Now I am all about really easy cocktails. From my French gimlet to my simple Aperol cocktail, I love making cocktails that are big on flavor with as few ingredients as possible and this chartreuse drink is just that type of cocktail.
This Chartreuse and gin cocktail is very similar to the last word cocktail but we add a couple extra ingredients to really bring it to the next level. This is a little more effort than two ingredients but well worth it.
A little background on Green Chartreuse liquor
If you have never heard of Chartreuse other than the fact that it is also the name of a color, then you are in for a treat.
Chartreuse liquor is made from over 130 different herbs and originates in France dating back to the 1600's. This liqueur is still made the same way today that it was then and it is full of those same wonderful herb flavors.
Its color is naturally light green as well which I like. Not artificial.
It is a very strong liqueur both in taste and alcohol. The alcohol content is (around 110 proof) so you only need to add a little of this stuff.
Sometimes you can find yellow Chartreuse which is confusing so I have written up more about Chartreuse in my Lavender and Chartreuse Sour post (see below) if you want to learn more.
What does Chartreuse taste like
For the taste, it has a very strong botanical flavor, think bold herbs. Too much could end up tasting a bit medicinal.
Knowing how much to use and with what ingredients make all the difference in whether you will enjoy this liquor.
This Chartreuse drink is very easy to make and very festive looking because of its green color. It is great for the holidays or just to make when it's you and a friend chatting about the day.
- Green Chartreuse liquor. You can also use yellow Chartreuse liquor if that is what you have.
- Gin (your favorite brand)
- Simple syrup or similar liquid sweetener. The recipe for simple syrup is below.
- Cayenne pepper: It is not too spicy but it really adds a nice touch of background heat. You can omit this if you do not like it.
- Fresh ginger: The ginger really adds a nice spicy flavor that pairs well with the herbal notes of Chartreuse.
- Lime juice: Lime juice adds a tart note to the cocktail and pairs so well with Chartreuse liquor.
One of the great things about this drink is the complexity of flavors. With each sip, you get a bit of sweetness, tart, and heat all enveloped with those beautiful herb notes from the chartreuse.
Why you will love this Chartreuse and Gin Cocktail
- If you like lemon drops or margaritas, you will love this because it has that same citrus punch from the limes but with a bit more sophistication.
- If you love spicy drinks will love this one. Though the spice is only barely moderate, it is noticeable and delicious.
- If you like gin, gin and tonics are great but mixing it up is always welcome and this drink does just that.
I hope you give this Chartreuse recipe a try! Chartreuse is a really amazing drink and worth the expense of adding it to your bar stock.
Here are some of our favorite bites to serve with this Chartreuse and gin cocktail:
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Chartreuse and Gin Cocktail
- martini glass, cocktail shaker and strainer
- 1 ½ ounces of good gin
- 2 ounces chartreuse liqueur
- 1.5 tablespoon simple syrup Plus more to taste.
- 3 tablespoon lime juice
- ⅛ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1 pinch of cayenne optional but I like the slight heat from this in the drink
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Sugar
- Add water and sugar to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.1 cup Water, 1 cup Sugar
- Reduce heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove from the heat and let cool.
- In a cocktail shaker, add all of you ingredients and a handful of ice1 ½ ounces of good gin, 1.5 tablespoon simple syrup, 2 ounces chartreuse liqueur, 3 tablespoon lime juice, 1 pinch of cayenne, ⅛ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- Place a lid over top and shake well
- Pour through a strainer into a martini glass
Nutrition Values are estimates only.See full nutrition disclaimer here
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