The only liqueur to have a color named after it…Posted: June 19, 2011
Welcome back everybody,
Not much has happened since the last time I wrote a couple of weeks ago. I’ve only got two new cocktails to share with everyone today.
However, I’m pretty excited to share one of them in particular. The reason being? It contains the wonderful liqueur, Chartreuse… “the only liqueur to have a color named after it”. I’m excited to have a new Chartreuse cocktail to share here for 2 reasons…
1. I love Chartreuse.
2. I’d say that nearly 85% of all readers who stumble upon my blog, do so as a result of their search for information on this amazing liqueur.
It’s really interesting and really fun to see, in the WordPress site stats page, that probably 95% of the keywords searched, that lead readers to Scientist McGee’s blog, are in fact “Chartreuse”. Obviously there’s tons of other people out there, just like me, who love this delicious and potent herbal liqueur, and if my small, obscure blog comes up in their search results, there’s obviously not as much information on the internet about Chartreuse as there should be. But that’s OK… I’m excited that other Chartreuse lovers have found my little blog as a result of our shared love for this wonderful drink.
The cocktail that I’m including today, that showcases Chartreuse is “The Scofflaw”. This drink is a wonderful whiskey drink. Apparently, when this drink debuted in 1924 at Harry’s Bar in Paris, it originally contained grenadine instead of Chartreuse. So out there on the internet, about 2/3 of the recipes I found had the original recipe of 1.5 oz rye, 1 oz dry vermouth, 3/4 oz lemon and 3/4 oz grenadine, but about 1/3 of the recipes I found (including a Washington Post article) featured this modern recipe:
3/4 oz rye whiskey
3/4 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz Chartreuse
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 dash of orange bitters
Shake well and strain in to a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.
This is a great drink… It’s relatively light because of the dry vermouth and the lemon juice, but also has a wonderful Chartreuse punch! I don’t know who decided to swap out Chartreuse for the grenadine in the old recipe, but it was quite the upgrade. What a move… it’d be like the St. Louis Cardinals trading away pitcher Ryan Franklin for Roy Halladay.
Another drink I tried in the last couple of weeks was “The Communist”. I found this drink in a search for a new cocktail that featured Cherry Heering. This drink’s relatively good. It’s no “Blood & Sand”, which I still think is the best drink featuring Cherry Heering that I’ve found so far, but it’s OK. (However, I may not be the most unbiased judge of this drink, because as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big fan of the gin/OJ combo.)
1 oz gin
1 oz orange juice
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
Shake well and strain in to a chilled cocktail glass.
Those are the two new cocktails I have to share with you today. I expect to have quite a few new ones in the weeks/months ahead though, because I’m pretty excited about picking up a copy of “The Savoy Cocktail Book” today. This book is a treasure chest of great, classic cocktail recipes, compiled and written by Harry Craddock, Head Bartender of The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London, in 1930. I’ve already started rabbit-earring the pages of all the tasty drinks I want to try.
Until next time, Cheers!