Imbibing Mr. Boston: Alaska Cocktail

I first heard about this cocktail from my friend, Charlotte Voisey.  I haven’t looked back since.  The drink originates in the Savoy Cocktail Guide where it states, “”So far as can be ascertained this delectable potion is NOT the staple diet of the Esquimaux. It was probably first thought of in South Carolina hence its name.”  Huh?  Whatever.

This is one of my all-time favorite cocktails that elevates the martini to a higher level.  A lovely drink with a lot of herbal character that just gets better with each sip.  I decided to add a garnish of a long lemon twist to give it some visual interest.  As well, the lemon oils sprayed onto the surface of the drink add another level of lusciousness.  I’ve used both yellow and green Chartreuse in this at different times and both work quite well.  This yellow makes for a softer cocktail.  I thought I’d use Beefeater Winter Edition gin since Alaska is pretty cold.  You may notice my bottle of yellow Chartreuse looks a bit elderly.  It is indeed.  I found it several years ago on a shelf of a tiny liquor store in Central New York.  A 375ml bottle with the tax stamp sealed on the cap.  You never know what you’ll find unless you look.

1.5 oz gin
0.75 oz yellow Chartreuse
2 dashes orange bitters

Stir with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.


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