Green Chartreuse. A vibrant color and a tasty cocktail ingredient.
I was first intrigued by this oddly hued liqueur when I saw the recipe for something called The Last Word, in a recent issue of Bon Appetit. The Last Word, a prohibition era cocktail, with a heady mix of maraschino liqueur, Green Chartreuse, gin, and lime was originally developed at the Detroit Athletic Club- and is enjoying a moment as the latest cocktail darling. I am excited to test drive this recipe (and finally acquired the Luxardo to do it!).
Why the delay? Well, goodness, Luxardo and Green Chartreuse are obviously designer French and Italian liqueurs, with a hefty price tag for the experience (and a tough sell with husband, never having tried them). Test drive this at a bar to make sure you like the earthy/fruity taste combo before replicating at home friends!
I started by investing in the Chartreuse first and made the cocktail sans Luxardo my first round (pictured above), adding some clementine juice to sweeten it a bit. It was delicious as was, and was made even better by a last minute addition of champagne to top it of.
So, now you know what I will be drinking this NYE. Mr. MPChouChou and I are planning a night in, cooking a luxe meal, and sipping luxe cocktails, an indulgent evening to ring in 2012.
If you are looking for more cocktail ideas, check out this fun slidedeck from Departures, featuring a modern taken on Long Island Ice Tea from local fave Coppa.
Whether you are staying in or venturing out, have a happy and safe NYE! See you in 2012....