“Chartreuse, the only liqueur so good they named a color after it.” – Warren the bar owner, Death Proof
Yellow Chartreuse is a 40% liqueur which contains 130 herbal extracts (like a more complex version of Jägermeister?). The 55% variety, Green Chartreuse, is used in the classic cocktail The Last Word.
I mixed up two cocktail recipes from The Passenger which utilize Chartreuse – “Monk’s Mule” and “Walk of Shame-Rock” – using Yellow Chartreuse.
Here’s the Monk’s Mule:
I changed out the Green Chartreuse in the recipe with the yellow variety. Since I didn’t know the proportions involved, I went with 1 oz Hendrick’s gin, 1 oz Yellow Chartreuse, and juice from 1/2 a lime. Shook these ingredients together, strained into a rocks glass over ice, then topped it off with Fever-Tree ginger beer. This came out as a nice, light cocktail…good with these steamy DC evenings.
Next up was a variation on the Walk of Shame-Rock.
Here’s the ingredients for this one from The Passenger:
Jim Beam Rye
I changed out Jim Beam for Bulleit, swapped in the Yellow Chartreuse, and used coconut milk instead of cream. 1 oz of the rye, Chartreuse, and coconut milk, and the juice from 1/2 a lemon, all shaken with ice. Tangy and different. I’ll try the original at a later point to compare/contrast.
The switch from Green to Yellow Chartreuse makes these drinks a little more sweet and less spicy than they would otherwise be (yellow has honey added, has citrus notes, and other accents, while the green is more floral/herbal). I’ll try making these drinks again with the green variety after I pick up a bottle.