This is a nice twist on the Manhattan. I really hate the taste of yellow chartreuse on its own. It’s too herbal, like an alcoholic Ricola. But some kind of magic happens when you mix it with rye and sweet vermouth in this drink, where it just adds complexity, without its herbs slapping you in the face. It’s still a strong drink, but very nicely balanced.
2 oz Rye whiskey
0.5 oz Sweet vermouth (sometimes called red vermouth)
0.5 oz Yellow chartreuse
1 dash Orange bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
Lemon twist (optional)
- Mix the first three ingredients together in a glass.
- Add ice and stir, then strain the liquor into another glass and serve, with or without the lemon twist.
- BONUS RECIPE (!) for bourbon-lovers: Instead of having/serving bourbon straight-up, try mixing two ounces of the bourbon with one ounce of yellow chartreuse. Beautiful harmony.