Add Chartreuse To Your Campari And Soda

Add Chartreuse To Your Campari And Soda
Photo: Claire Lower

When I recommend a new bottle of booze, I try to feature it in multiple recipes, so it doesn’t sit on your bar cart, languishing away. I particularly like to make a point of this with expensive bottles, and green Chartreuse—which I used in Lifehacker’s birthday cocktail—is, uh, quite pricey.

It’s also extremely flavourful and potent (110 proof, to be quite honest), and you don’t need a ton of it to make a cocktail feel special (my favourite feeling). A Campari and soda, for instance, is already pretty flavourful and full of bitter botanicals, but adding Chartreuse makes it feel like you’re being punched in the mouth with a bouquet of herbs and hillside flowers, though soda water does soften the blow.

Unfortunately, the combination doesn’t lend itself to an excessively clever name—unlike the “Ferrari”—but I’ve been calling it the “Camptreuse,” which is kind of fun to say.

To make it, you will need:

  • 22mL Campari

  • 22mL green Chartreuse

  • About 120mL of soda water

Add Campari and Chartreuse to a bucket (large-ish lowball) and then fill that bucket with ice. Top with soda water, gently stir, and garnish with a strip of lemon or orange zest if you have it.

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