Recipe: Greenpoint Cocktail

Recipe: Greenpoint Cocktail

If you’ve got a bottle of Yellow Chartreuse in the bar and can’t figure out what to do with it, here’s a solution for you: the Greenpoint. Like the Red Hook, it’s another variation on the timeless classic Brooklyn cocktail, and also like that cocktail, it is named for a neighborhood in that most hipster of New York boroughs. It was created at the famous Milk & Honey back in 2006 by Michael McIlroy. He substituted the Amer Picon and maraschino liqueur found in the original Brooklyn with Yellow Chartreuse, which gives this cocktail a thick, sweet body but also a bright, herbal character that balances perfectly with the right spicy cocktail rye. The use of sweet vermouth may also give this one closer ties to the Manhattan, but that’s probably splitting hairs. Either way, it’s another simple cocktail that demonstrates how tweaking one or two ingredients can open up near limitless cocktail possibilities. Skinny jeans not required while drinking this one. Or ever.

2 oz. rye whiskey (100 proof)
.50 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
.50 oz. sweet vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a lemon twist.

Drew Beard is assistant editor for Drinkhacker and winner of several booze-related merit badges, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. A former federal employee turned hotelier and spirits journalist, he looks forward to his next midlife crisis.

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