Browsing through notebooks, internet bookmarks and bar napkins in search for a drink tonight I again came across the superb set of drinks Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro sent me some months back. Gonçalo has tended bar at some of the finest establishments in Germany including Victoria Bar in Berlin and Le Lion in Hamburg, and along with Jörg Meyer began the now world-famous troupe of roving cocktail shakers, the The Traveling Mixologists.
I’ve featured drinks by Gonçalo here several times before, including great tipples like the Ranglum and Juniper Club, but tonight’s drink may just be my favourite of his yet. Gonçalo describes the drink’s genesis thusly:
Bastian Heuser asked me for a Chartreuse Sour in the eve of the Bols Bar Coaching tour through Germany, where he would be working along with Angus Winchester, the unofficial Chartreuse ambassador. „Lime or Lemon?“ I asked. „That’s
up to you“ was Bastian’s answer, „But with Egg White, please“. My choice fell on lime, which I started to sweeten with maraschino and a small dash of sugar. The Last Word seemed to be an inspiration. A healthy portion of Chartreuse Verte followed and the white of a small egg. This mixture would need a very long shake. A Ramos inspired finish with orange flower water was the result.
- 1¾ shots / 50 ml / 1¾ oz Green Chartreuse
- ¾ shot / 20 ml / ¾ oz lime juice
- ½ shot / 15 ml / ½ oz maraschino
- ½ bar-spoon sugar
- 1 small egg white
- Shake all ingredients hard with ice and strain in to a large old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Top with 5 dashes orange flower water.
Named after the bartenders who inspired the drink, Bastian Heuser and Angus Winchester, the Beuser and Winchester Special takes a very healthy dose of Green Chartreuse as its base and adds a hint of maraschino here and a touch of lime there to round out the flavour and prevent the drink becoming too overpowered by the herbal Chartreuse. Don’t underestimate the drink though – this packs a powerful Chartreuse punch and anyone who isn’t a fan of the medicinal elixir is probably best to steer clear.
The orange flower water mixed with the chartreuse creates a wonderful aroma when you bring the drink to your mouth, and the overall mix of strong herbal flavours from the Chartreuse and maraschino, together with the bright lime and orange flower water and the smoothness of the egg create a drink that is at once contrasting and yet very balanced. Special indeed.
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