Thursday, February 10, 2022

champs elysees

3 glass Cognac (2 oz Du Peyrat Selection)
1 glass Chartreuse (1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse)
1 1/2 glass Sweetened Lemon Juice (1/2 oz regular Lemon Juice)
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glasses (cocktail coupe); this recipe serves six (single version).
After writing up the Seven Year Itch recipe here, I realized that I did not have the Champs Elysées on the blog despite having made it and posted it on my LiveJournal's recipe entries. This was something that I noticed through the years when I wrote up various drinks including the La Belle Epoque, Destiny Street, and Howling Winds. The earliest reference to the Champs Elysées appears in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book as a tribute to that ritzy shopping district in Paris. While it was written as a Green Chartreuse drink, it benefits from changing that identity to Yellow Chartreuse to bring forward the Cognac akin to a Sidecar. Made with this softer liqueur, the Champs Elysées donated a lemon, honey, and clove aroma to the senses. Next, lemon and honey mingled on the sip, and the swallow sealed the deal with Cognac, herbal, and allspice flavors.

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