Wednesday, January 28, 2009

yellow jacket

1 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/3 oz Lemon Juice
Mumm Napa Champagne

Add ingredients to a champagne flute and top off with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist. The drink was free poured so measurements are approximate.

Last night, Andrea gave me a call after her hair appointment in the South End and we decided to meet up at the Beehive. After recently having a sparkling cider drink at Rendezvous and a beer-float drink at Eastern Standard, I kept in theme and chose a drink off of the Beehive's champagne cocktail list. Nate the bartender enthusiastically replied to my request by declaring that the Yellow Jacket was his favorite one off that part of the list. The nose of the drink was full of lemon oil goodness, while the cocktail itself was surprisingly crisp perhaps due to the wine choice or the lemon juice. Andrea even commented that it was drier than she expected it given the ingredients. The yellow Chartreuse and St. Germain gave the drink some complexity in addition to some bitter and floral notes. While champagne drinks are not very standard fair for me, this one did not disappoint and may encourage me to try some more in the future.

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