Why we love this chartreuse swizzle
Ever since I learned of its existence, chartreuse has always intrigued me – even before I tried it. It just seemed so fancy and mysterious. And, it turns out, I really like it.
Whenever it’s featured on a cocktail menu, that is what I order. I finally got my own bottle recently, and I’ve been playing around with it ever since, trying classic cocktails like the last word and bijou.
Bu this cocktail takes the cake. It combines two things I’ve been loving lately: herbal and tiki cocktails. Plus, it’s a less intense way to enjoy the coveted French liqueur, making it perfect for drinkers who aren’t super into herbal flavors.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
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Ingredients & substitutions
- Green chartreuse – This has been really hard to find as of late, so if you see a bottle at your liquor store, don’t hesitate. If you can’t find it anywhere, I’ve been told Dolin Génépy le Chamois Liqueur is a good substitute, but I haven’t tried it myself.
- Pineapple juice
- Lime juice
- Velvet falernum – This liqueur is a common tiki ingredient, and it’s flavored with lime juice, almonds and various spices.
- Mezcal – This is optional, but I like to add it for a little something extra. I really enjoy the hint of smokiness it adds. Feel free to skip it if you don’t have it.
How to make a chartreuse swizzle
Mix the cocktail. Fill a collins or highball glass with crushed ice and top with the cocktail ingredients.
Garnish and serve. Top your drink with a fresh mint spring (or a pineapple leaf) and a lime wheel before serving.
Everything you need to know about swizzle cocktails
A swizzle cocktail refers to a cocktail that is ‘swizzled’ instead of shaken or stirred. This is done by twisting a swizzle stick or a bar spoon back and forth between the palms of your hands to chill the cocktail.
Swizzle cocktails originated in the Caribbean and were originally stirred with a switch from the quararibea tree. Swizzle cocktails were then popularized by the tiki cocktail movement in the mid-20th century and are still enjoyed today.
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- 1 1/2 ounces chartreuse
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- 3/4 ounce lime juice
- 1/2 ounce velvet falernum
- 1/4 ounce mezcal
- For garnish: lime wheel, fresh mint
- Fill a collins glass with crushed ice.
- Add cocktail ingredients and stir with a swizzle stick until cold and frothy.
- Garnish with fresh mint and a lime wheel
- Category: Liqueur
- Method: Swizzle
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 274
- Sugar: 27.4 g
- Sodium: 2.1 mg
- Fat: 0.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 29.5 g
- Fiber: 0.1 g
- Protein: 0.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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