Chartreuse Martini

Chartreuse Martini Cocktail
A simple little addition and your gin martini, just went green! The best part is that there is no mint or fruit involved, just aromatic herbal goodness. Shannon Graham
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
208 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 208
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Protein 2g
Calcium 5mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Few Green Chartreuse cocktails offer as pure a taste of the herbal liqueur as the Chartreuse martini. The recipe is incredibly simple and all you really need to do is add Chartreuse to the classic gin martini.

The Chartreuse in this martini adds a subtle touch of sweetened herbs that pairs wonderfully with the botanicals found in gin and dry vermouth. It also helps make this a fabulous choice for a dinner drink. Gin and vermouth are aperitifs and Chartreuse is a digestif, so enjoy it before, during, or after a meal and it will enhance the experience, no matter what's on the table.

As an extra bonus, the Chartreuse martini also offers the allure of a beautiful green color that you won't be able to ignore. It is one of the few green cocktails that doesn't rely on Midori or green apple schnapps, so it offers a completely different taste that is definitely more sophisticated.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce​ Green Chartreuse
  • 1/2 ounce​ dry vermouth

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the gin, Chartreuse, and vermouth.

  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • Just like any liquor-only martini, you may prefer to stir this cocktail. Everyone has their preference, so experiment with the two methods to see which you enjoy most.
  • Top-shelf gin is highly recommended for the Chartreuse martini. London dry gins are great choices, offering a classic juniper-forward profile that works very well against Chartreuse.
  • Experiment with lesser-known brands, too. There are many fascinating craft gins that don't follow the traditional flavor profile but would excel in this cocktail.
  • Make sure that your dry vermouth is not outdated. Once a bottle is open it should be refrigerated and has a shelf-life of just two to three months. If your vermouth doesn't fit that criterion, it's time to replace it.

Recipe Variations

  • You can make the Chartreuse martini "dirty" by adding a little olive juice if you like. If you want to be a little more subtle, give it the essence of olives by garnishing with three olives instead.
  • Yellow Chartreuse will work just as well as its green counterpart in the martini. The two liqueurs use different flavoring ingredients, so the drink's taste will change. Where Green Chartreuse is dominated by clove, citrus, thyme, and rosemary, Yellow Chartreuse has more of a citrus, violet, and honey taste.

How Strong Is a Chartreuse Martini?

Green Chartreuse is bottled at 110 proof (55 percent ABV), so it is definitely not a light liqueur. It also makes this martini a very potent drink, which is why it's served at just 3 ounces. The cocktail's alcohol content should be in the 32 percent ABV (64 proof) range, falling right in line with similar martinis.

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