1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Lavender-Lemon Cordial (*)
2 dash Bittermens Boston Bittahs
Shake with ice and double strain into a Highball glass filled with ice. Add 2 oz sparkling wine, stir, and add a straw. Garnish with a lemon wheel rolled in dry lavender flowers.
(*) Substitute 1/2 tsp dried lavender. There might have also been a 1/4 oz of lemon juice added as well.
When you are offered a cocktail called "Everybody is a Nun," you should definitely consider it. And when the bartender informs you that there are two Chartreuses and an overproof rye in the mix, that consideration should just turn to a thumbs up and a nod. Wednesday last week, Andrea and I stopped into Craigie on Main where bartenders Ted Gallagher and Jared Sadoian were manning the helm. The drink that Ted proposed to me was one he was developing for an upcoming event (he was not specific but later my suspicions were confirmed that it was this one). The inspiration for the drink was from a short story in J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories entitled "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period." The story involves a young man who took a position as an instructor at a by-mail correspondence art school. While most of his pupils were rather talentless, he became rather smitten by a religious painting he was sent of a nun. For the base spirit and drink style, Ted honed in on the line, "I drew suntanned young giants in white dinner jackets, at white tables alongside turquoise swimming pools, toasting each other with highballs made from a cheap but ostensibly ultra fashionable brand of rye whiskey." For the liqueur and floral ingredients, Ted was taken by the description of "a hefty girl of about thirty, in a green, yellow and lavender chiffon dress." That girl spurred the protagonist to write in his journal, "I am giving Sister Irma her freedom to follow her own destiny. Everybody is a nun."