Chartreuse liqueur is made from a long and secret recipe of herbs and flowers. The bright green version is most common; it is strongly herbaceous, and quite potent (it’s 110 proof). There’s also a yellow Chartreuse that is milder in flavor and lower in alcohol, at 80 proof–and flavored with honey, according to fafner.

Green Chartreuse combines surprisingly well with chocolate, say hounds. Bob Brooks adds a good slug to brownies, and dct says it makes an excellent flavoring for truffles that intrigues many who can’t place the flavor.

fafner offers a cocktail recipe for each color Chartreuse:

The Last Word:

1/2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. maraschino
1/2 oz. Chartreuse
1/2 oz. lime juice

Shake, serve up.

The Amber Dream:

1 1/2 oz. gin

3/4 oz. sweet vermouth

1/4 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
1 dash bitters

Stir over ice, serve up.

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