This latest drink in my current exploration of Mexican spirits is, in outline, a Chartreuse Swizzle transformed by mezcal. (The incomparable Tiare has fun with this too in her Del Maguey Vida review.) For a fan of smoky single malts like me, mezcal is a very exciting ingredient to work with. Like scotch, it has not just smoke but intensity and mystique. And it’s a great pairing for the sweet herbal complexity of Chartreuse.
I based this swizzle on yellow Chartreuse, which tends to inspire me more often than green. I dunno—maybe it’s that I never know when the green plus a lime, delicious though that can be, is going to give me heartburn. Or maybe it’s that I just love the color of the yellow one so much. Yellow Chartreuse is particularly good with pear, and I busted out the juicer again for this one just cuz I could. It’s worth doing a whole bunch of pears at once and storing the juice in the refrigerator.
Heart of the Chartreuse Beast
- 1 1/2 oz yellow Chartreuse
- 1/2 oz mezcal
- 1/2 oz cognac
- 2 oz pear juice (about 1 small-medium pear)
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- Black pepper, for garnish
- Mint, for garnish
SOURCE: ROWEN, FOGGED IN LOUNGE