101 Best New Cocktails: The Charter Oak Cocktail by David A. Roth, Pigs Eye Pub , Hartford, Connecticut
The Charter Oak Cocktail
Adapted from a recipe by David A. Roth, Pigs Eye Pub , Hartford, Connecticut
“This drink is inspired by Colonial Connecticut and named after the Charter Oak Tree that stood in Hartford until 1856. The Colonists hid the state charter (the precursor to the county’s Constitution) in the oak tree from Kings James II in 1687.
“The Rum is for the 5 Rum distilleries that CT had by the 1750’s.
“The Akvavit is for the Dutch that settled Hartford in the early 1600’s.
“The Chartreuse is for the French General Lafayette who was our ally in the Revolutionary War.
“The lemon juice is for brightness and the nutmeg is for aromatics and spice and also because Connecticut is also nicknamed the Nutmeg State. Cheers!” David A. Roth
30 ml (1 oz.) Don Q. Cristal Rum
30 ml (1 oz.) Aalborg Akvavit
30 ml (1 oz.) Yellow Chartreuse
15 ml (.5 oz.)Fresh Lemon Juice
freshly grated nutmeg, as garnish
Shake over ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Add the garnish.
gaz sez: Akvavit and Chartreuse in thew same glass? Who’d have thunk it? They’re like a well-choreographed ice-skating couple, anticipating each other’s every move, and complimenting each nuance. Very nicely done, David.