Thursday, July 26, 2012

green harbor

1 oz Green Chartreuse
1 oz Cocchi Americano
4 wedge Lime (2/3 whole Lime)
2 sprig Mint
2 dash Bittermens Grapefruit Bitters

Muddle the lime wedges and mint sprigs. Add rest of ingredients and fine strain into a Highball glass filled with ice. Top with ~3 oz soda water and stir. Garnish with 2 mint sprigs and add a straw.

Two Tuesdays ago, I paid a visit to Island Creek Oyster Bar, and for a start, I asked bartender Vikram Hedge for the Green Harbor. When I asked about the drink's history, Vikram described how he created it with Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli's help. Vik wanted to name the drink after a beach in his fiancé's hometown of Marshfield, MA, called Green Harbor. While the mental connection to Green Chartreuse stemmed from the beach's name, his fiancé actually does not care for it, but she does enjoy the Cocchi Americano that plays a balancing role in the recipe.
The Green Harbor's mint garnish contributed greatly to the herbal aroma. The carbonated lime sip had botanical hints to it, and the swallow presented the Green Chartreuse's flavor along with tart lime notes. Overall, the Green Harbor was rather light and refreshing and I could easily imagine drinking a few of these while watching the summer sun set over the harbor.


Justin said...

I happen to have grown up in Green Harbor. Our preferred beverage is Bud Light.

frederic said...

I guess you could use that instead of soda water. I do know that Miller Highlife does pair well with Chartreuse and lime, so BL might too.