Posts Tagged ‘Green Chartreuse’

Tarantino Shooters

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

In my never-ending search for unapolagetically  violent movies I recently stumbled on Quentin Tarantino’s 2004 flick, Grindhouse: Death Proof, a typical Tarantino offering complete with ultra-violence, fabulous music, campy sets, beautiful women, and more or less everything I look for when thrill-seeking on the Silver Screen.

I’m happy to report that, during the movie, there was a cool scene depicting people downing shooters, and they weren’t just any old shooters, either.

In this scene a bunch of people in a bar, including Tarantino himself, down shots of Green Chartreuse, and and after slamming his empty glass down on the table Tarantino asks his friends, “Now is that a tasty beverage or is that a tasty beverage?”

God Bless Quentin Tarantino.grindhouse

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101 Best New Cocktails: Mojo Pin #1 by Mel James, BC’s Kitchen, Lake St. Louis, MO, USA

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Mojo Pin #1101 BNC App

Mel James, BC’s Kitchen, Lake St. Louis, MO, USA

“I created this cocktail when I was in the mood for something a little bit spicy and a wee bit sweet—but fresh both in flavor and aroma.   This cocktail takes the unique taste, bouquet and subtle sweetness of Hendrick’s Gin and marries it beautifully with the spiciness of Rosemary, the unique and mysterious herbal qualities of Green Chartreuse, and the familiar, curious hint of fresh green grapes and celery bitters.

“I have enjoyed this cocktail in both the springtime and in the winter. The spicy notes are quite complementary to colder evenings, and the almost garden-like aromas and flavors lean towards the springtime…especially if you add the simple syrup to quiet the peppery notes down a little bit, if you prefer.

“I named this cocktail after one of my favorite songs from my favorite musician, Jeff Buckley. The song I named it after is dreamy, sexy and soft to start, almost jazz-like – until it kicks in to a driving, emotional and passionate rock and roll song, only to gently ease you back in to the sultry jazz song that was before. I’d like to think this cocktail is something like that song.” Mel James.

60 ml (2 oz) Hendrick’s GinMojo Pin

7.5 ml (.25 oz) Green Chartreuse

7.5 ml (.25 oz) Simple Syrup (optional)

3 Dashes The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

8 White Grapes

1 Sprig Rosemary plus small sprig of Rosemary for aromatic garnish, if desired.

Muddle the grapes and rosemary in a mixing glass.  Add the gin, Green Chartreuse, bitters and simple syrup (to taste, if desired).  Add ice and shake hard.  Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass.   Add the garnish.

gaz sez:   Brilliant!  Hendrick’s is the perfect gin to use in this baby, though I’ve a feeling that G’Vine Floraison would work well, too.  The gin, the Chartreuse, the celery bitters, the rosemary, and the grapes all come together in glorious harmony in this drink. I believe that, if you make thin one once, you’ll be making it again and again—it’s a real winner.

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101 Best New Cocktails: Ward 9 by Jinjur Van Vogelpoel, Red House, Paris

Wednesday, June 26th, 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.

Ward 9

Adapted from a recipe by Jinjur Van Vogelpoel, Red House, Paris.Ward 9

“This drink was created for a New Orleans themed cocktail night we did, and follows along the Last Word/Final Ward lines, named the Ward 9 after the New Orleans neighborhood that was gutted by Katrina,” Jinjur Van Vogelpoel

25 ml (.85 oz) Rye Whiskey

2o ml (.7 oz) Green Chartreuse

15 ml (.5 oz) St. Germain

20 ml (.7 oz) fresh lemon juice

egg white (approx 20 ml/.7 oz)

3 dashes Parfait Amour or good crème de violette*

Dry shake, then shake with ice and strain into a chilled “small high ball”.  (In France we have these elegant, tall pastis glasses which hold about 200 ml/7 oz*)  Top with 3 dashes of Parfait Amour or good crème de violette.

* “The Parfait Amour is a bit tricky. Originally we were using a bizarre old brand of which the name escapes me and that seems to have vanished off the face of the earth (we found it in a dusty old liquor store in Paris along with Creme de Noyaux and all sorts of rare goodies). This particular Parfait Amour was extremely floral and violet-esque, and which no other brand we’ve tried has matched. I suggest therefore, that it be replaced with a good Crème de Violette instead, as the drops on top are more to add fragrance and an extra touch of weirdness than anything else,” Jinjur Van Vogelpoel

gaz sez:   I have to be honest here: Anyone with a name like Jinjur Van Vogelpoel will be included in 101 BNC.  It’s too good of a name to pass on.  And he works at Red House, one of my fave joints in Paris.  Add to this the fact that the Ward 9 is a damned spectacular drink—the Parfait Amour/Crème de Violette aromatic garnish will just blow you away—and you have a dead certainty.

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World Class 2012: Armando Archundia, Switzerland

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here’s a picture I shot of Armando Archundia, this year’s finalist from Switzerland.  Armando was incredibly stylish behind the bar.   He was a joy to behold.

These are his recipes from the Retro-Chic round

Classic Chic – Rob Roy

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Lemon zest and cherry

Method: Stir

50ml Johnnie Walker Blue Label

20ml Sweet vermouth

10ml Dry vermouth

2 dashes Angostura Bitters


Twisted Chic – My Last Word

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Cherry

Method: Shake and strain

40ml Don Julio Blanco infused with sage

10ml Green Chartreuse

10ml Maraschino liqueur

10ml Tanqueray No. TEN

20ml Lime juice

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