This is the sort of drink you do not serve in the typical 8- to 10-ounce "martini bowls" found at many bars and home-design retailers. Sadly, the contemporary urge to pour an obscenely enormous cockail may be one reason why many classic-but-potent drinks have largely disappeared.
The original Prohibition-era Scofflaw drink called for grenadine, but this recipe uses green Chartreuse instead, giving the drink an herbal, rather than cloyingly sweet, element. Served in a classic 4.5-ounce cocktail (martini) glass, it is concentrated, balanced and delicious.
- 1 ounce rye whiskey, preferably Wild Turkey 101 Straight Rye
- 1 ounce dry vermouth, preferably Noilly Prat
- 3/4 ounce green Chartreuse
- 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Dash orange bitters
Fill a mixing glass halfway with ice and add the rye whiskey, dry vermouth, green Chartreuse, lemon juice and bitters. Stir vigorously and strain into a 4.5-ounce cocktail glass.
From Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.
Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.
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