“Creating a beautifully balanced cocktail with Chartreuse can be challenging as few spirits stand up to its bold profile,” says Adam Gamboa, the lead bartender at Il Posto in Denver. It works well with lots of different herbs, as well as anise, coffee and vanilla, he says. “But for those not interested in all that tomfoolery, this simple variation of the classic Manhattan or Tipperary cocktail should do the trick,” he adds. Depending on your taste for sweetness, you may want to eliminate the simple syrup altogether.
- 1 1/2 oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
- 1 oz Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth
- 1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
- 1/4 oz Simple syrup
- 1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Orange peel oil
Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir for 20 seconds.
Using a julep strainer, strain into a cocktail glass.
Express the oil from an orange peel over the drink, then discard peel.