Jewel, Bijou, or Tailspin

Have you noticed that there is no way to search on ingredients to find the name of a cocktail? Google helps a little but it’s hit or miss. With all the mixology going on and poseurs like me and Will making up our own cocktail names, there is bound to be some name proliferation.

This is one example. If you have Chartreuse, it’s a fairly obvious combination to try, though the equal parts is a bit surprising. The Chartreuse dominates, and I think a better recipe would back it off a bit. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very good, but I prefer cocktails to be a synthesis of flavors creating a new taste. That’s why I didn’t write up last night’s endeavor, which ended up dominated by Drambuie. Anyway, on to the recipe for the Jewel Cocktail, which is the name I prefer.

  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Luxardo cherry

Shake or stir and strain. By the way, yes, some Tailspin recipes use a dash of Campari instead of orange bitters. This does not a different name justify, in my view.

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