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#1 crow

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:44 AM

My daughter brought me back a small bottle from her trip to Grenoble (she went to the monastery). I've ignored it for a couple of years, but someone recently told me that if I like absinthe I would like this. I've googled it and found a few recipes that include it in cocktails... other than that the recommendation is to drink it cold, even on the rocks. I'm wondering if I should mix it with water, like absinthe. I assume it won't louche, but a bit of water might mellow the intensity. Anyone have any experience with Chartreuse? Any advice?
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 06:09 AM

Cold, room temperature, or on the rocks is my advice, YMMV. Don't mix with water except ice, or in a cocktail.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 06:24 AM

Depends on what type of "chartreuse" you have.

Green chartreuse, Yellow chartreuse are something, and elixir vegetal de la grande chartreuse, is another thing altogether.

I don't care much about cocktails, but where I'm from (yes, I was born and raised in Grenoble), unless you talk about elixir, it's a digestive drank neat, either cold or at room temperature. Often the complimentary drink after a Fondue for example :)

Elixir végétal de la Grande Chartreuse is a very different thing. Presented in a small bottle, it's a very strong liqueur (140 proof) that is drank diluted, put on a sugar, or as an additive to cocktails and grogs.

Interestingly enough, Chartreux monks went to Tarragona before it was cool :) (1903)
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 06:33 AM

I was told that it should be served very cold and straight it tastes pretty bad. Here is a recipe some folks like that comes from the Caribbean:

Chartreuse Swizzle

1 1/4 ounce green Chartreuse

1 ounce pineapple juice

3/4 ounce lime juice

1/2 ounce falernum

Combine ingredients in a tall glassand fill with crushed ice. Swizzle with a bar spoon or swizzle stick until theoutside of the glass frosts, adding more crushed ice as needed.

Falernum might be a bit hard to find some liquor stores carry it or I think if you googled it there are recipes you can find to make it.



Edited by Bushman, 16 January 2012 - 06:34 AM.


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Posted 16 January 2012 - 07:36 AM

I love a Chartreuse swizzle. It doesn't seem like it would work, but it really does.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:00 AM

Depends on what type of "chartreuse" you have.


It's green chartreuse. I'll try it on the rocks, but also the swizzle sounds good. Thanks!

(Just ordered some falernum on Amazon.)

Edited by crow, 16 January 2012 - 08:06 AM.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:09 AM

Here is a recipe some folks like that comes from the Caribbean:


Actually, that cocktail comes from San Francisco and was created by a guy named Marco Dionysos at Clock Bar.


And it's heartbreakingly delicious.

Don't forget the sprig of mint and grated nutmeg over the top as garnish. It makes a huge difference.

Here are two other very good cocktails made with Green Chartreuse.

The Elixir Vegetal works great in a simple martini, amongst many other cocktails.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:20 AM

A fine, classic cocktail is the Last Word. Equal parts gin, lime juice, green chartreuse and maraschino liqueur.

And a note about falernum. The commercial stuff tastes like 90% sugar with a hint of flavor. It's very easy to make your own (plenty of recipes on the net) and is complete within a couple of days .... well worth the effort!
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 09:43 AM

I've only ever had it on the rocks, and I think it was the green kind. Yum!
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 10:35 AM

I've heard about it being cut with club soda, and someone I knew liked it in hot chocolate. Whenever I have either now I just have it on the rocks.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 11:07 AM

I drink Chartreuse straight, harmonized with a coffee (espresso) and a dark chocolate. Smoking a cigar with this combination is even better !

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 11:17 AM

hmmm I'll need to dig up some hot chocolate and try that too
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:22 PM

Anyone have any experience with Chartreuse? Any advice?


Chartreuse V.E.P. twelve year oak aged.

It's considerably pricier than regular Chartreuse, but it's also considerably smoother, and rounder.

My advice would be to sip it in moderation, and don't waste it on cocktails.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:28 PM

(what he said)^2

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:29 PM

I have done the yellow Chartreuse with sparkling water, as a sort of spritzer. I believe it works in this combination better with the yellow because it is sweeter and less herbal.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:20 PM

don't waste it on cocktails.

A well made cocktail will never be a waste of any individual ingredient.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:39 PM

You gotta stop watching that Wealth Channel, buddy! :cheers: ;)

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 06:18 PM

That would be the Porn Channel. :dribble:
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 06:22 PM

It certainly is obscene.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 06:44 PM

You gotta stop watching that Wealth Channel, buddy! :cheers: ;)

You know, after that whole fiasco, I tried watching it. I really did. Just to snub my nose at them. But it's just SO BAD! I can't believe how terrible the production quality and acting is. It's like a college AV club's channel.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 06:57 PM

I've mixed a concoction or two of roughly 1 part green Chartreuse, 2-3 parts Zubrowka, a bit of lime and mint, a drop or two of Peychaud's, topped off with green tea & ice. Or something like that; I don't remember what I called it, but it's nice. :cheerz:
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 07:08 PM

You gotta stop watching that Wealth Channel, buddy! :cheers: ;)

I literally lesbianed out loud. :laf:

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 07:16 PM

<shoots gin out nose>
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 07:33 PM

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:30 PM

Last Word cocktail for sure, and I suggest Bijou as well.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 03:42 AM

If you drink too much Chartreuse, you'll wake up feeling like a monkey slept in your mouth.
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#27 crow

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 05:09 AM

I tried it on the rocks... not for me. So I'm glad I ordered the falernum.
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 07:06 AM

If you drink too much Chartreuse, you'll wake up feeling like a monkey slept in your mouth.


Hed may be sorta little, and my big mouth may precede me, but I still doubt she'd fit. :laugh:



You gotta stop watching that Wealth Channel, buddy! :cheers: ;)

You know, after that whole fiasco, I tried watching it. I really did. Just to snub my nose at them. But it's just SO BAD! I can't believe how terrible the production quality and acting is. It's like a college AV club's channel.


Why am I not surprised.

Damned dilettantes. :rolleyes:

Edited by Absomphe, 17 January 2012 - 09:37 AM.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 08:37 AM

If you drink too much Chartreuse, you'll wake up feeling like a monkey slept in your mouth.


While hitting your head with a bone hammer.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 09:39 AM

I drank a tad over a third of a bottle once, and, yes. :blowup:

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