- 1 oz Green Chartreuse
- 1 oz Yellow Chartreuse
- 1 egg white
- 0.75 oz lemon juice
- 0.25 oz gum syrup (you can use simple syrup too)
Dry shake Green Chartreuse, Yellow Chartreuse, egg white, lemon and gum syrup vigorously for 30 seconds. Add ice and shake again until cold. Strain into cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish with a few drops of swirled Peychaud's bitters.
Chartreuse is an intoxicating French liqueur first crafted by Carthusian Monks in 1737 from a secret recipe that goes back to 1605. Composed of more than 130 herbs, plants and flowers, Chartreuse has a sweet yet vegetal and pungent taste. Green Chartreuse comes in at 110 proof, so it's quite powerful (Yellow Chartreuse comes in at 80 proof). Chartreuse is a very forward liqueur and a little can go a long way. One of the most well known cocktails that uses Green Chartreuse as key component is the Last Word. It's a heady cocktail that'll make your lips numb and knock you on your ass if you drink too many. It's also delicious. But that's not the cocktail I'm featuring today.
I wanted to make something that only used Chartreuse as the liqueur base and found the Tarragone Sour, which is really a bourbon sour that replaces bourbon with Chartreuse. In this instance you use both Green and Yellow Chartreuse, so a potent combination.
Using egg whites in cocktails helps create a silky texture and delicate mouthfeel and in this cocktail, you kind of feel like your drinking a cloud. Don't let the raw egg white put you off as it's an essential component to the drink. Using gum syrup accentuates the silkiness, so if you have some on hand, I highly recommend using it instead of simple syrup, but simple syrup works just as well.
Make sure you dry shake everything before adding ice and shaking again. This will help to whip up the egg white with the other ingredients.
The Tarragone Sour is an elegantly layered cocktail with notes of anise, honey, thyme, cinnamon and rosemary with just a hint of a sour backbone.
While Chartreuse has been around for hundreds of years, the Tarragone Sour is a very modern cocktail. Because of it's modernity, it requires a chic and stylish set of sounds to listen to while sipping on this tasty aperitif. Enter Stereolab's Emperor Tomato Ketchup.
Released in 1996, Emperor Tomato Ketchup is the album where Stereolab's musical abilities finally caught up with their ambition. That's not meant as a dig, or even a slight against the first three Stereolab albums, all of which are excellent albums. It's just that there is more confidence in their playing and a strong sense of drive, which comes across in the propulsive motorik found on many Stereolab songs.
Like the Tarragone Sour, Emperor Tomato Ketchup is a multi-layered. It's a pop album filled with Stereolab's trademark use of counter melodies sung in both English and French, space age bachelor pad easy listening tropes and catchy as hell melodies with socialist bent lyrics. So, it's kind of arty, but not really.