- 1.5 oz gin
- .75 oz Yellow Chartreuse
- A dash or two of orange bitter
Combine everything in a cocktail beaker. Add ice. Stir until cold and properly diluted. Strain into a coupe and garnish with a small lemon peel.
I love simple cocktails that are complex in flavor. And the Alaska cocktail is about as simple as they come. Three ingredients total, four if you go with a garnish.
Gin and chartreuse are made for one another. The crispness of a good dry style gin cuts through the complex herbaceous and floral qualities of yellow chartreuse. Yellow chartreuse is sweeter and a bit more delicate than green chartreuse and it also comes in at a significantly lower proof.
Stir one of these up and throw on some Velvet Underground. I'd recommend White Light/White Heat, specifically the 45th anniversary edition as it contains "Stephanie Says," a song that references Alaska. Also, if you knock back a couple of these drinks you might just see some white light.