Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ghost in the graveyard

1 oz Cocchi Americano
1 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 oz Amaro Montenegro
1 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice and strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Two Saturdays ago, our mint patch had finally returned and grown enough that we could make the Ghost in the Graveyard from Gary Regan's Annual Manual for Bartenders 2011. The drink was created by Jane Lopes from Chicago's Violet Hour, and it called for Amaro Montenegro which we bought specifically for this drink. The Ghost in the Graveyard offered up a mint nose over herbal notes from the liqueurs. A crisp lime and Cocchi Americano sip led into a Yellow Chartreuse and Amaro Montenegro swallow that possessed mint notes that complemented the garnish's aroma. Overall, the drink started more citrus and Yellow Chartreuse driven, and as the ice melted, it became more bitter and Amaro Montenegro focused.

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