Chartreuse: The Holy Grail of Mixology, with Cocktail Recipes and Lore by Michael Turback
Long, long ago, in the foothills of the Chartreuse Mountains of France, a group of monks set out to lead lives of contemplation and solitude. Far removed from contact with the outside world, they built a monastery and established the Order of the Carthusians. The monks mastered the formula for a medicinal brew of herbs, spices and flowers, promised as “an elixir for long life,” selling bottles in nearby villages to support the Order. Over the years, the fame of the venerable liqueur spread far and wide, recognized in the modern era as eminently mixable, versatile, and indispensable in cocktails. This book offers a fascinating collection of 88 recipes built on a foundation of Chartreuse, from faithfully re-created pre-Prohibition drinks to inventive, artisan cocktail-inspired notions. Prepare your mind – and your palate – for enlightenment.