Adapted from 3-Ingredient Cocktails by Robert Simonson

This is one of the oldest and best cocktail applications of yellow Chartreuse. I here advocate an early recipe that calls for Old Tom gin found in Jacques Straub’s 1914 work Drinks. I find it results in a wonderfully elegant and mellow drink. More commonly, recipes for the Alaska call for London dry gin, which also works well enough.

Reprinted with permission from 3-Ingredient Cocktails: An Opinionated Guide to the Most Enduring Drinks in the Cocktail Canon by Robert Simonson, copyright © 2017. Published Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces Old Tom gin
  • 1 ounce yellow Chartreuse
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled, about 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe.