It Must Not End!!
My last post regarding Verte Chaud got me thinking. Why must I wait until the thermometer drops so that I can enjoy the loveliness that is chocolate and green Chartreuse?? Who is to say that I can’t enjoy that silky combination in the spring, or, dare I say it, summer? Well not me, (or anyone that weighs less than me, dammit!) and so I’ve created a drink that will allow me to enjoy chocolate and Chartreuse all year long without even a sideways glance from most discerning cocktail drinker. (A mojito and white shoes after Labor Day?!?! Oh my!)
Now before I get into the details of the recipe, let me say that I’ve always liked creating drinks with ingredients that most others would write off as pedestrian, childish, simplistic or too sweet. Robert Hess has a perfect example of this challenge with his Mahogany. How many proper, adult cocktails can we think of with Jagermeister?!?
Another liqueur that has an overly sweet, simplistic stigma is crème de cacao. A search in Cocktaildb will yield 151 results, but when we remove cream as an ingredient, and further rule out recipes that are missing a base (leaving you with Pousse Cafés and other sticky messes) there’s not a lot left. Sure you have the odd La Floridita but by and large, it becomes quite easy to see why we’ve relegated that dusty bottle of crème de cacao to Alexanders and Chocolate Martinis (shudder).
Well, I think that my quest to drink Verte Chauds all year round, has given my sticky old bottle of crème de cacao new legs. With this one fateful recipe, I’ll be able to enjoy the joys of winter warmth all year round, and so I now offer the recipe to you, so that one day we may end up at the same bar and knowingly order this unseasonal libation without anyone being the wiser. It is now up to you to spread the word, so that the bartender in question will know what the hell you’re talking about when we ask for a:
2 oz brandy (I used Remy VS)
¾ oz green Chartreuse
¼ oz crème de cacao (use white, not dark)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
stir, strain and smirk
This is just silky goodness. I challenge anyone who enjoys Chartreuse to say a negative thing about this cocktail after they’ve tried it (even the Opinionated Alchemist).
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