Monday, July 16, 2007

1) Jade Monkey

1 oz. Luxardo maraschino liqueur
1 oz. green chartreuse
Three dashes orange bitters
Squeeze of lime
Splash of Cointreau

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake for 30 seconds, strain into a high-ball glass filled with ice, then top off with soda. Garnish with a cherry and some lime zest.

Here it is, our inaugural cocktail. I was the one crazy enough to think we should do something with chartreuse, and Ed had the bright idea of liqueur because, you know, it smelled good. Given that foundation I'm surprised it came out so well.

Our first attempt was ok, but not great. The flavor was a bit flat, and our initial ratio of 1 oz of the liqueur to a half oz of chartreuse was definitely a bit low. We had also used some sweet vermouth, and while not a negative flavoring it didn't really do much for the drink and created a somewhat off-putting color.

For our next run we decided to pull out the drink makers secret weapon - Cointreau. With the addition of that, the removal of the vermouth, and the addition of more chartreuse we hit the jackpot. It had an excellent green color, with the liqueur and chartreuse playing off one another beautifully, not too herbal and the cherry coming through just enough. The Cointreau opened up the drink overall perfectly.

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