Charles’s Green Chartreuse Smash…

When I was a boy I spend many summer in the beautiful Chartreuse region of France. We used to have Chartreuse ice cream and that was so great. Since those days the flavor and the taste of Green or Yellow Chartreuse is in my DNA.

2 oz Green Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Muddle a half dozen or so mint leaves with simple syrup. Add rest of ingredients and ice, shake, and double strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with fresh mint and add a straw.

By the way Green Chartreuse is the only liqueur in the world with a completely natural green colour.

It is powerful and unique.

Only two Chartreuse monks know the identity of the 130 plants, how to blend them and how to distill them into this world famous liqueur. They are also the only ones who know which plants they have to macerate to produce the natural green and yellow colours. And they alone supervise the slow ageing in oak casks.

As for tasting notes, the mint contributed greatly to the Smash’s aroma along with Chartreuse herbal notes poking through. A lime sip gave way to Chartreuse and fresh mint on the swallow. There are no great surprises here, but its simplicity of ingredients still provides a wealth of flavor.

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