I have been absent from blogging for the last several weeks and have missed it terribly. Unfortunately this thing called work keeps getting in my way. Oh, that and my diet. Yes, I have spent the last 30 days shedding 15 lbs and a total of 39 inches. I am not going to lie, I have been dreaming about pasta and chicken wings but fitting into my skinny jeans feels so much better than enjoying a bowl of spaghetti. While I am not ready to give into any of my delicious cravings until I reach my goal, I am ready to get back to my taste adventure of America.
The next stop on my virtual, culinary tour of America is Alaska. While I have never been to The Last Frontier, it is definitely on my bucket list and I have spent many afternoons gazing at photos and dreaming of visiting the largest state in America. I wanted to kick off my first post on Alaska with an adult beverage, and I must say it was hard to find anything that is truly native to the state. Aside from Smoke Salmon Bloody Marys, one drink that kept popping up in my searches was that of the Alaska Cocktail. While its exact origin is unknown and it might not have any relation to the state of Alaska, I wanted to go ahead and share this recipe, as it is not something you would order everyday at a bar. Made with gin, Yellow Chartreuse and orange bitters, this drink is definitely an acquired taste and will put hair on your chest. When I think of Alaska, I think of extreme cold weather and this is sure to warm you up.
Lucky for me, I manage a bar and was able to order a bottle of Yellow Chartreuse from one of my liquor distributors. While I am very familiar with the spirit, it is not a common find in most bars. Chartreuse is a French liqueur made by the Carthusian Monks since 1737 and is aged with 130 herbs, plants and flowers. Dynamic in cocktails, it is a must have for the serious mixologist. I, for one, am quite fond of Chartreuse and appreciate its complexity.
This is a simple recipe with a unique flavor profile and is made by simply mixing gin, Yellow Chartreuse and orange bitters. You may use the gin of your choice and I experimented with several while making this cocktail. Since I prefer a more floral gin, I love how this turned out with Farmer’s Botanical Organic Gin. The Alaska Cocktail can be enjoyed all year round and reminds me a Negroni. While I am still determined to find out the exact origin of this drink, I am delighted to have stumbled upon the recipe and enjoyed learning a bit of Alaskan history during my research. Cheers my friends!
- 2 oz gin (you can use the gin of your choice, I prefer botanical gins such as Hendricks, Damrak or in this particular recipe, Farmer's Organic)
- 1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
- Dash of Orange Bitters
- Orange or lemon twist
- In a mixing tin filled with ice, add all ingredients and stir well.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass and add a orange of lemon twist.
- Sip and enjoy.
- Be sure to go easy on the Yellow Chartreuse as a little goes a long way.