Here’s a nice, simple execution of a simple idea. I really wanted to mix Chartreuse with chocolate. I found that any use of crème de cacao always overpowered the Chartreuse, but the mole bitters gave just the necessary hint to the rye and Chartreuse, with the Maurin Quina adding just a bit of brightness and acidity.
The name was one (we believe) conceived by Chris Deter in a cocktail evening I held for the sole purpose of coming up with names. I think this was cocktail #8 (each cocktail was only half filled) so it’s maybe understandable we don’t know the definite author. But Chris is our best guess! Don’t be jealous.
0.25 oz. Copper & Kings Destillare Intense Pomegranate liqueur
0.25 oz. elderflower liqueur (St. Germaine’s)
dash of orange bitters
Stir with ice and strain into coupe.
I hadn’t made a Calvados in a long while, and I thought it would mix nicely with the pomegranate liqueur. This liqueur has a nice bitterness and isn’t too sweet so I added in the elderflower. The Benedictine deepens the flavor with some rich spice, and the bitters.. well, add some bitterness.
Pomegranate of course always makes me think of the Persephone myth, and the apple recalls Eden and the forbidden fruit, so I thought Paradise Lost and Found was a fun twist. Plus I really wanted to get a leather bound copy of Milton. So.
Shake with ice and strain into glass over crushed ice.
This began with passion fruit and vanilla. Then the rum was layered in (counting the coconut liqueur there are four) and lemon was added to cut through it all. It still needed something, and so I tried some Chartreuse and that was just the fit, with some bitters to round it out in the end.
I’m not sure how I found the green sea turtle that is called honu in Hawaii, but I liked the sound of the name and there was a tie to the Green Chartreuse so there it was. And maybe this drink will bring you out of your shell.