Looking for a summer cocktail recipe that’s different? How about really different? If so, then we’re pleased to recommend one of our newest creations, the Chartreuse Snap. If you’ve never had Chartreuse before, try it chilled and neat first.
This French liqueur has been made by monks in the Chartreuse Mountains since the 1740s, and is certainly worth independent consideration before adding it to a cocktail recipe. A secret recipe, Chartreuse contains 130 herbal extracts, and there’s nothing in the world like it. The only thing that comes close is Yellow Chartreuse (a mellower version made by the same monks).
Chartreuse is a fascinating liqueur (a technical designation, despite its 110 proof) because it’s one of the few liqueurs that actually improves in the bottle. Many liqueurs and liquors can age indefinitely in barrels and casks before being bottled. However, once bottled, these spirits won’t change any from Day 1 until the day they’re consumed – no matter how many years may pass.
Chartreuse, on the other hand, continues to improve with age, making older bottles exceptionally rare and valuable. Some vintage spirit collectors will spend thousands on an old bottle of Chartreuse. Ready to try the cocktail recipe?
The Chartreuse Snap
- ½ lime
- 2 sage leaves
- 1 oz Amoretti Organolicious Premium Blue Agave Nectar
- 1 oz Dry Gin
- 1 oz Green Chartreuse
Slice the half lime into fine wedges. Gently muddle the lime and one sage leaf in the agave nectar to release the flavor, but be careful not to overdo it. You don’t want to overpower the Green Chartreuse! Add the muddled mixture, dry gin, and Green Chartreuse to a slender Collins glass, and fill with crushed ice. Garnish with another sage leaf and a wedge of lime. Serve with a straw.
We love using our agave nectar in this cocktail recipe – compared to simple syrup or a sugar cube – because it lends the recipe a sweetness that isn’t “sugary.” Agave nectar is incredibly sweet. However, most people find that its sweetness doesn’t have that sickly taste that too much sugar can bring about.
It’s also worth mentioning that our agave nectar is a healthier alternative. We use USDA-certified blue agave in making this product, and bottle it right here in the U.S. Also, it’s vegan, kosher, and gluten- and GMO/GEO-free. Try a bottle today!