Wednesday, March 2, 2011

[green ghost fizz]

1 1/2 oz Plymouth Gin
1 oz Green Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a highball glass. Top with soda water and add a straw and a long, wide orange twist.

For my second drink at Lineage, bartender Ryan Lotz made me a Fizz whose ingredients reminded me a lot of the Green Ghost from the Café Royal Cocktail Book. With the addition of soda water to soften the flavors and an orange twist to add extra citrus notes, I was curious if the drink was going to take on a new form. The Fizz's aroma was filled with orange oil and hints of lime and chartreuse. On the palate, the sip was a crisp lime flavor that was chased by the Chartreuse and gin notes on the swallow. As always, lime and Chartreuse make great partners as seen in drinks like the Silent Order, Chartreuse Swizzle, and Last Word. Indeed, the drink was a mellow, light, and almost creamy Green Ghost that was a pleasure to drink. Moreover, the potent flavors did not suffer greatly from their dilution with soda water, only tamed slightly into something more refreshing.

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