Here we have two refreshing cocktails that whilst not very festive, at least in their entirety, they do have subtle festive flavours. However I have tried to keep their refreshing profiles at the forefront because I want them to be available for all year round and not just for Christmas.
Therefore I have decided not to tweak the first cocktail, a classic using Green Chartreuse. And have also decided to share a cocktail I recently came up with and whilst it is not perfected is still a very refreshing combination of ingredients.
#1: Chartreuse Smash
2 measures Green Chartreuse
1 measure fresh lemon juice
2tsp brown sugar
10 mint leaves
- Combine the sugar, lemon and mint leaves in a Boston shaker glass and gently muddle until the sugar dissolves.
- Add ice to the mixture and then pour in the Chartreuse.
- Shake well, for around 30 seconds – or until the tin is well iced.
- Strain into a small glass full with crushed ice.
- Top up with more crushed ice if necessary and then garnish with a sprig of mint and a lemon twist. Serve immediately and with a straw.
This cocktail is somewhat of a god amongst mortals. In that it is a pretty great drink. I’ve never tried Chartreuse before this drink, shamefully I’ve never had the opportunity, but thought that should change. And boy am I glad I tried it in this cocktail! It’s a perfect balance of sweet and bitter sugar-lemon with the refreshing mint to counter the earthy qualities of the Herbal Chartreuse.
Combined as it is above, over crushed ice – lengthened and well-chilled, it breaks through that barrier of ‘not too sure about this’ we tend to set up with new flavours or ingredients we’ve never tried. It’s a drink I would suggest any one of you try – should you ever have the pleasure of owning some chartreuse, or better yet have the pleasure of being in one of the few bars that actually sell this cocktail!
It’s a great introduction to one of the most stunning liqueurs on the market, an introduction that makes me want to write more about the spirit in a future post (keep an eye out for that one).
I suppose the best thing I can say about this cocktail is that by the time I finished the first mouthful I already had the straw in my mouth for the second. Scarily moreish!
Also if you like Mojito and Sour style cocktails then this is a must!
#2: Sleeping Bison
2 measures Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
1 ½ measures Crisp Apple Juice
¾ measures The Kings Ginger Liqueur
¾ measures Cinnamon Syrup
Top Up Ginger Ale
Cinnamon Sugar Rim & Lime Slice
Cinnamon Sugar Rim Garnish:
- Use a wedge of lime and wet the outside of the glass.
- Mix 2 tsp of white sugar with 1 1tsp of ground cinnamon. Dip and twist the wet glass into the cinnamon sugar to give it a golden rim.
- Combine all of the ingredients – except for the ginger ale – in a cocktail shaker full of ice.
- Squeeze what was left of the lime wedge into the shaker (drop the wedge in too) and shake well – for around 30 seconds, or until the tin is well-iced.
- Strain into a tall thin Collins glass ¾ full of ice.
- Top with the ginger ale and then add a slice of lime and a straw for a final flourish.
This cocktail is one of my own creation, one that did not take too long to iron out. Granted it’s far from perfect (some of the amounts could do with balancing) but as a starting point I feel it’s in a pretty strong position.
It’s light and crisp and the apple compliments the Zubrovka brilliantly. The cinnamon syrup and ginger liqueur help heat the drink to make it a little festive and just to balance it all out: a little twist of fresh lime juice – just to reign it all in.
This is drink I’d obviously love for everyone to try but if those who do wouldn’t mind leaving me a little constructive feedback? – I’d obviously appreciate that a lot!
So there you go – two cocktails on the go. One in the mag, and one in the chamber. Be ready for anything.
Oh and next time you’re out and about? Give Chartreuse a try!