Chartreuse Green Liqueur
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Shrouded in mystery and lending its name to a shade of green, Green Chartreuse Liqueur is unlike any other spirit on the market. Distilled since 1737, this French liqueur features a blend of distilled alcohol mixed with over 130 plants, herbs, and flowers. What makes this even more amazing is that only two Chartreuse monks know the actual recipe, passing it along only to the next set of monks that oversee production in the future.
Once mixed, the ingredients go inside oak casks where they age for four years. With the blend of plants, Green Chartreuse is the only spirit that has a natural green color, foreshadowing the earthy taste inside the bottle.
At 55 percent ABV, Green Chartreuse may seem a bit strong, but it's far from what you'd expect. It has a unique taste characterized by sweetness, yet balanced by spiciness. Traditionally a digestif, the spirit is now enjoyed in any setting. The best way to serve Green Chartreuse is on the rocks or chilled, but it's also delicious as a substitute in several famous drinks. Replace the gin in a gin and tonic or the vodka in a Moscow mule for something that's oddly familiar, yet altogether unique. Buy Green Chartreuse online at a great price through Drizly as no home bar is complete without it.
The Green Chartreuse gives this cocktail a wonderful herby black licorice flavor that coats the palate and the sweet vermouth pulls in a matching warm sweetness. Depending on the kind of Irish Whiskey you use it'll either add more sweetness (blends) or an earthy aspect (single malts/pot still) that adds another dimension to the cocktail, giving it a bit more depth.
The Last Word
First created in the Prohibition era, the Last Word's simple recipe of equal parts Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Green Chartreuse, Junipero Gin and fresh lime juice belies the subtlety of this sweet-tart-herbal creation. Two men are credited with this cocktail's fame - its creator, vaudevillian Fred Fogarty, who allegedly first combined the four ingredients at the Detroit Athletic Club in 1921, and Seattle bartender Murray Stetson, who revived the Last Word at the Zig Zag Café in the early 2000s.
Herbaceous green chartreuse and rich chocolate is an unexpected but delightful combination that can never go wrong. The classic version of this drink with milk or dark hot chocolate is an apres-ski favorite in the French and Swiss Alps. We threw in our own little twist and opted for white chocolate resulting in a sweeter more sugary mixture.