Alpine Toddy 1.000

Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post

Spirits Jan 11, 2018

The liqueur Chartreuse evolved out of a complex recipe — involving more than a hundred botanicals — for an “elixir of long life” given to the Carthusian order of monks in 1605. This toddy blends the milder, sweeter yellow variation of the liqueur with citrus and chamomile tea.

To read the accompanying story, see: It may not cure your cold, but the hot toddy sure can cure your cold heart.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce yellow Chartreuse
  • 1 chamomile tea bag or sachet
  • 4 to 5 ounces boiling water
  • Lemon wheel pierced with whole cloves, for garnish


Combine the bitters, lemon juice and Chartreuse in a teacup or small mug. Add the tea bag, then pour in the boiling water. Let the drink steep for 4 to 5 minutes, then discard the tea bag. Add the clove-studded lemon wheel and serve.

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From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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