101 Best New Cocktails: The Charter Oak Cocktail by David A. Roth, Pigs Eye Pub , Hartford, Connecticut

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, September 15th, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2013

See more of this year’s 101 Best New Cocktails HERE  Click HERE to submit your recipe for a chance to be included in an upcoming list.

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.charter oak

“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.

Leave a Reply