Technically it’s not spring anymore, but that doesn’t really matter. This green spring cocktail will put you in a good mood for any weather you are having.
After a trip to the liquor store I came home with a bottle of both St. Germain and Green Chartreuse. St. Germain is elderflower liqueur made in France. I’ve used it in everything from Clementine Margaritas to a Cantaloupe Martini.
Green Chartreuse is also made in France. It’s a product of about 130 different plants. The exact ingredients are unknown but many are hinted at in the cocktail book, The Drunken Botanist. It’s also very strong at 110 proof. I typically don’t use more than 1/2 an ounce of it in cocktails. For more recipes with Green Chartreuse check out The Last Word Cocktail and the Thai One On Tequila Cocktail.
So, I paired my newly acquired bottles of booze with Hendrick’s Gin. It’s a unique gin that’s infused with cucumber and rose petals. It’s probably unlike any gin you’ve ever tasted. And it’s really good.
For this green spring cocktail, all of that booze is mixed with muddled sage and fresh squeezed lime. It’s topped off with ginger beer to give it a bit of spice to balance out the floral/herbal flavors. The result is a tangy gin cocktail that is slightly sweet with a hint of ginger and sage.
Green Spring Cocktail
5 sage leaves
2 ounce Hendrick’s Gin
1/2 ounce Green Chartreuse
1 ounce St. Germain
Top with Ginger Beer
1 lime wheel and a few sprigs of sage for garnish
Muddle sage leaves and fresh squeezed lime juice in a high ball glass.
Add gin, chartreuse, and St. Germain.
Fill glass with ice and then top with ginger beer.
Garnish with lime wheel and a few sprigs of sage.