A million years ago Last year, I did some damage to a bottle of yellow Chartreuse. Actually, it was only half a bottle; a Francophone friend up here in Montreal asked me to bootleg him back from the States a 375ml-sized bottle of the stuff, and as I could only find the 750ml size, I shared it with him.
Anyway, I’ve had some yellow Chartreuse on hand, is what I’m saying, and it’s one of those liqueurs (like ouzo) where a little goes a long way. Especially since it’s got a peculiar flavor that doesn’t go with every Old Tom, Dick and Harry. Even more especially because yellow Chartreuse, unlike its green cousin, is super ‘spensive, so you want that shizz to last.
So if you’re someone who’s got a bottle of yellow Chartreuse on hand — perhaps even because I suggested you go buy it — here’s an easy way to get some money’s worth from that purchase. The Cheeky Monkey is an easy-breezy-peasy kinda cocktail. It’s a cinch to whip up and goes down trouble-free — yet thanks to the yellow Chartreuse, it’s different enough not to put you to sleep.
(I mean, if you’re a new mother* *obligatory plug for my new Martinis for Moms book it very well may put you to sleep, but that’s just the general exhaustion talking.)
The Cheeky Monkey
1 ounce citrus-flavored vodka, like Absolut Citron or Ketel One Citroen)
1 ounce yellow Chartreuse
2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters (or a similar, orange-y bitters)
Orange twist, to garnish
Pour liquid ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add garnish.