“On paper it just sounds like it’s not going to work,” says Stenson — but in practice, this pungent palate cleanser is a perfectly balanced cocktail, with a sharp intro courtesy of the combination of Chartreuse and our Maraschino Originale, subtle tartness from fresh lime juice, a clean, fresh finish from our London Dry Gin, and an exclamation point of sweetness thanks to the mandatory presence of our Maraschino Cherries.
¾ oz. Luxardo London Dry Gin
¾ oz. Luxardo Maraschino Originale Liqueur
¾ oz. green Chartreuse
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
Luxardo Maraschino Cherries for garnish
Lime twist for garnish
Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker filled with cracked ice.
Shake well until chilled, then strain into a coupe glass (a Nick and Nora glass works great here as well).
Garnish with a lime twist and Luxardo Maraschino cherry.
Year of Origin
The Last Word
Making other cocktails green with envy since 1915.
irst developed back in 1915 at the Detroit
Athletic Club, this cocktail was seemingly lost
to time until Seattle bartending legend Murray Stenson rediscovered it in an old cocktail book in 2003. Its catchy name, vibrant color, simple preparation, and unique flavor led it to become an instant hit — quickly becoming the top selling drink at Seattle’s Zig Zag Cafe, where Stenson tended bar.
Relying on equal parts gin, Luxardo Maraschino Originale, green Chartreuse, and fresh lime juice, the delicious simplicity of this cocktail has helped it go from being secretly served in speakeasies to becoming a mainstay on any respectable craft cocktail menu over a century later.
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