The Alaska Cocktail is a gin and yellow chartreuse cocktail that is easy to make and is a take on a classic martini. It's the perfect cocktail if you're looking for a herbal drink that's gorgeous and tasty!
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Josh and I have been looking for more savory cocktails to make. Things that are delicious that don't use simple syrup. Things that we can drink we we want a drink that isn't overly sweet.
Typically I default to my 50-50 Gin and Vodka Martini. But I've been wanting to mix things up. And I came across this Alaska Cocktail recipe. Once I saw the ingredients, I knew I needed to make it! This is a gin and yellow chartreuse cocktail. And I've been looking for more yellow chartreuse cocktails to love!
What does the Alaska Cocktail taste like?
The Alaska Cocktail is very herbal! This is because of the Yellow Chartreuse, which has a lot of herbal flavors. This isn't a sweet cocktail. If you like Yellow or Green Chartreuse, this is a must-try cocktail!
It's a great cocktail to drink if you want a bit of personality in your cocktail with not a lot of sweetness. It's a great cocktail for sipping on slowly. It looks fancy, and is typically topped with a touch of lemon peel.
I also feel like this is one of those cocktails that grows on you. The first few sips I tried of one, I wasn't sure what to think about it. But by the end of the cocktail, I was a fan. Now I've added the Alaska Cocktail to my must-drink cocktails when I want something more on the savory side.
- Gin - Try to use a nice, dry gin. Brands like Tanqueray and Bombay work well. You can also use Old Tom gin, which is a bit more mellow and can balance out the flavors if you find the cocktail too herbal.
- Yellow Chartreuse - This is a tasty, herbaceous liqueur.
- Orange bitters - Just a dash is needed!
What is Yellow Chartreuse?
Yellow Chartreuse is an herbal liqueur made in France. It's a sibling to Green Chartreuse, which is commonly used in Last Word cocktails. Both are herbal, while the Yellow Chartreuse is slightly mellower and has a lower ABV.
You can find Yellow Chartreuse at most liquor stores.
How to make the cocktail:
This is one of the easier cocktails to make. You don't even need a cocktail shaker! But it does help if you have a strainer!
Just add your gin, Yellow Chartruese, and a dash of orange bitters to a glass.
Add ice to the glass and stir until cocktail is chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. You'll need a strainer for this part, so the ice stays behind and doesn't get added to the coupe glass!
You can drink as is, or add a bit of zested lemon peel for garnish.
- Cocktail strainer
- 1.5 oz gin London dry or Old Tom
- ½ oz Yellow Chartreuse
- dash orange bitters
- lemon peel for garnish
- Take the gin, Yellow Chartreuse and add to a tall glass.
- Add a dash of orange bitters to the glass.
- Add ice to the glass, then stir until cold.
- Strain the cocktail into a coupe glass.
- Top with the zest from a lemon peel and enjoy!