A Saint, a Monk and a Devil Walk Into a Bar
- 1.0 oz. Principe De Los Apostoles Mate Gin
- 0.5 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
- 0.25 oz. Maurin Quina
- 0.25 oz. Lillet Blanc
- 0.25 oz. falernum (Bitter Truth)
- 0.25 oz. lime juice
Shake with ice and strain into a Nick and Nora.
I really love the “Prince of the Apostles” mate gin out of Argentina, which has a very bright mint/eucalyptus nose and taste. Using that as a base (I did try with a London Dry and, although it still worked, wasn’t as interesting to me) I added some herbal and bitter elements in the form of Chartreuse, Maurin Quina and the Lillet. Then to balance it out I added lime juice for acid and falernum for additional sweetness, liking how the spices played into the other ingredients.
The name, if not obvious from the picture, comes from the Saint referred to by the gin name, the monks who make the Chartreuse, and the devil appearing on the Maurin Quina label. If anyone can come up with a punch line for the set up, there’s a free drink in it for you.
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