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Our Favorite Chartreuse Cocktails

September 28, 2023

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

Cocktails

Our Favorite Chartreuse Cocktails

September 28, 2023

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

Green or yellow—or when you can't find any at all—we've got you covered.

In late January of this year, a letter circulated on social media announcing that the Carthusian monks, who have been producing Chartreuse since 1605, will be limiting production and allocating their bottles in an effort to devote more time to monastic life. “We look to do better and for longer,” reads the memo, which also considers the costly environmental impacts of production and distribution of the beloved herbal liqueur. Tim Master, Senior Director of Specialty Spirits Marketing at Frederick Wildman & Sons, a Chartreuse distributor, has verified the letter.

It’s no surprise that the notice left the drinks world uneasy. Crafted from a closely guarded formula of over 100 ingredients, Chartreuse catapulted during the cocktail revival from a supporting role as a modifier, most often dispensed in dashes or as a rinse, to the star of the show in many drinks, among them several modern classics. Its distinctive flavor adds layered complexity to time-tested recipes, too, like the Bijou and the Alaska, and lends the signature green tint to the Last Word. The alpine liqueur, in both its yellow and green iterations, has grown a fanatic following.

Of course, Chartreuse is not disappearing altogether, nor will its outsize influence, but it has already become more difficult to find. So if you are lucky enough to have it on hand and want to make the most of it, we’ve got you covered. Here are 24 of our favorite recipes to make with Chartreuse and what to use instead if you can't find a bottle at all.

Best Chartreuse Substitute
Articles

Can’t Find Chartreuse? Here’s What to Use Instead.

To keep the Last Word, Alaska and more in your rotation, try these bartender-backed alternatives.

Yellow Chartreuse
Naked and Famous Cocktail Recipe
Recipes

Naked & Famous

A remix of the Last Word and the Paper Plane.

Greenpoint Manhattan Cocktail Recipe
Recipes

The Greenpoint

A spin on the Brooklyn, itself a twist on the Manhattan.

Yellow Parrot Absinthe Cocktail Recipe
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Yellow Parrot

An unlikely, equal-parts combination of absinthe, yellow Chartreuse and apricot liqueur.

Death Flip Modern Classic Cocktail Recipe
Recipes

Death Flip

“You don’t wanna meet this cocktail in a dark alley.” 

Golden Phone Cocktail Recipe
Recipes

Golden Phone

A stirred riff on the 20th Century with tequila, yellow Chartreuse and crème de cacao.

Ce Soir Manhattan Recipe
Recipes

Ce Soir

A Manhattan by way of Boston.

Widows Kiss Cognac Cocktail
Recipes

Deke Dunne’s Widow’s Kiss

An autumn-ready stirred drink made with apple brandy, Cognac and two French liqueurs.

Gin Sour Cocktail Recipe
Recipes

Embassie

A reincarnation of The White Lady that opts for Cocchi Americano and Chartreuse in place of Cointreau.

Recipes

Honeysuckle Julep

A summery julep combining muddled peaches, sweet yellow Chartreuse, golden honey syrup and Old Tom gin.

Alaska Le Rock
Recipes

L’Alaska

The house Alaska from New York's Le Rock takes inspiration from the tisane blend favored by the Carthusian monks.

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Sun City

An Old Pal variation with Ramazzotti Rosato and Cap Corse blanc quinquina.

hideaway honey cocktail recipe
Recipes

Hideaway Honey

An aquavit- and yogurt-laced cocktail which will star on the menu at the forthcoming Raised by Wolves.

Green Chartreuse
Bijou Cocktail Recipe
Recipes

Bijou Blanc

A more floral take on the Bijou swaps sweet vermouth for bianco and extra dry.

Pina Verde Cocktail Recipe
Recipes

Piña Verde

Erick Castro’s herbal, modern-classic play on the Piña Colada.

Chartreuse Swampwater Cocktail
Recipes

Manolito’s Swampwater

A contemporary Swampwater that lets Chartreuse shine.

Chartreuse Swizzle
Recipes

Chartreuse Swizzle

The traditional Caribbean Rum Swizzle rejiggered with green Chartreuse.

Recipes

Silent Night

A green Chartreuse-inflected Martini.

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Recipes

Ma Cherie

Muddled celery and a cucumber garnish tilt this drink towards savory territory.

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Recipes

Prince Henry Punch

Aged rum and rhum agricole mingle with green Chartreuse, lime and raspberry.

Mid Morning Fizz Cocktail Recipe
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Mid-Morning Fizz

Green Chartreuse joins the traditional fizz trappings.

tequila cocktail recipe
Recipes

‘Spicy With Tequila’

Habanero and fresh mint simultaneously heat and cool in this aptly named cocktail.

The Barrymore Cocktail Recipe
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The Barrymore Cocktail

An austere Scotch cocktail with a rinse of green Chartreuse.

Last Word Riff Cocktail Recipe
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The Last Laugh

A Last Word riff so named, says Abigail Gullo, because “the bubbles tickle your nose.”

Nuclear Daiquiri Recipe
Recipes

Nuclear Daiquiri

A cult cocktail adds green Chartreuse to the classic rum recipe.

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