Pre-prohibition cocktails and modern twists on classics

Choke the Treuse


    1oz Cynar

    1oz Green Chartreuse

    1oz Domaine de Canton

    Yellow Chartreuse (rinse)

    Peated Scotch (rinse)


    Add the Cynar, green Chartreuse and Domaine de Canton to a chilled mixing glass. Add ice and stir until well chilled. Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with yellow Chartreuse and peated Scotch (I like Peat Monster Scotch). Strain the cocktail into the glass.

    Peaty scotch and leather laced nose complimented by herbal undertones and just a hint if ginger. As you can imagine (and given my track record) this one has a complex herbal, bitter taste. The Cynar as well as the scotch rinse make for a heavier, vegetal, whiskey tinged frontend accented by the sweet herbal, anise and honey notes in the Charteuse(s), culminating in a very sweet ginger laden Domaine de Canton finish.

    Try it with a lemon twist for some added citrus.

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    Adding a newer friend (Domaine de Canton) to a few favorites with fantastic results. Something made me think that Cynar and Domaine de Canton would go well together…. and they definitely do. The ginger flavor blends well with Cynar, while the heavier sweet base adds more body to the mixture (as to my tastes Cynar has a very potent, but lighter taste than you would think from such a dark vegetal liquor). The higher proof Green Chartreuse besides adding significantly to the flavor also gives this one a little more punch as the remainder of the spirits are pretty low in alcohol.

    This is definitely one of those cocktails that sounds like it wouldn’t work based on the ingredients, but somehow, there is a little magic in the combination. If you are in the mood for something a little different than the typical spirit based flavors, Choke the Treuse is one to try. Highly recommended.

    5 Responses to “Choke the Treuse”

      • The Straight Up

        Awesome! Cynar is a very versatile spirit. I’ve even been working on one with mezcal i will put up once i polish it off. Eager to see what you come up with. As far as the link you sent, that cocktail sounds right up my alley and I have all the ingredients. I will definitely be trying it this weekend. Thanks!


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