4 Foolproof Whisky and Chartreuse Cocktails
April 1, 2020 –––––– Jake Emen
The potent herbaceousness of Chartreuse is every bit as lively as the spirit's vivid color portends. “Chartreuse is probably the quintessential French alpine herbal liqueur,” says Joaquín Simó, co-founder of New York's Pouring Ribbons.With a whopping 130 ingredients, Chartreuse offers unparalleled depth of flavor. “The near-infinite complexity of Chartreuse is what lends itself so well to mixability,” Simó says. “We always joke that it's like cheating to add Chartreuse to a cocktail, because it's very difficult to add Chartreuse to something and say, ‘Well this is definitively not better.'”Chartreuse is available in both Green and Yellow versions. “Yellow is going to be a little softer, it's bottled at 80 proof,” Simó says, noting that Green clocks in at 110 proof. That said, they are interchangeable in drinks like the Diamondback (see below), where Yellow is the classic choice, but Green can perform well depending on your chosen whiskey.“If you're using the aggressively herbaceous and high-proof green, it probably needs something more like Wild Turkey 101, Rittenhouse, or Pikesville in order for it to actually be a fair fight,” Simó suggests, while Old Overholt, at 43% ABV, may work better with yellow chartreuse.“With so many ingredients in it and so many layers of flavor, it will, even in small amounts, affect a drink very considerably, which is important because it's not a cheap modifier,” Simó says.