Green Ghost Description
How to make the Green Ghost cocktail recipe:
The Green Ghost Cocktail is a classic cocktail that features a vibrant green hue, primarily due to its use of Chartreuse, a French herbal liqueur. The drink is known for its complex flavor profile, which includes herbal, citrus, and floral notes. The traditional recipe for a Green Ghost Cocktail includes.
Green Ghost cocktail ingredients:
° Gin 2 oz (6 cl): Acts as the base spirit, providing a clean, botanical backdrop that complements the herbal qualities of the Chartreuse.
° Green Chartreuse 1 oz (3 cl): The key ingredient that gives the cocktail its distinctive color and complex, herbal flavor. Green Chartreuse is a French liqueur made from a blend of 130 herbs, plants, and flowers.
° Fresh Lime Juice 1 oz (3 cl): Adds a bright, acidic component that balances the sweetness of the Chartreuse and enhances the cocktail’s refreshing qualities.
Green Ghost recipe instructions:
1) Chill a cocktail glass: Begin by placing a cocktail glass in the freezer to chill.
2) Combine ingredients: In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, Green Chartreuse, and fresh lime juice.
3) Add ice: Fill the shaker with ice, securing the lid on tightly.
4) Shake: Shake the mixture vigorously for about 10-15 seconds, or until well chilled.
5) Strain: Strain the cocktail into the coupe glass.
6) Garnish (optional): Some versions of the cocktail might include a lime wheel or a sprig of fresh herbs for garnish.
7) Serve: Enjoy your Green Ghost Cocktail immediately.
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Green Ghost cocktail history:
The Green Ghost Cocktail, like many classic cocktails, has a somewhat murky history with no definitive origin story. However, it is generally agreed that the cocktail dates back to the early 20th century. The first known publication of the Green Ghost recipe appears in “The Savoy Cocktail Book” by Harry Craddock in 1930, which suggests that the cocktail has its roots in the pre-Prohibition era or during Prohibition in the United States (1920-1933). However, the Green Ghost does not gain widespread popularity from this initial publication and remains relatively obscure compared to other classic cocktails of the era.
The key ingredient, Green Chartreuse, has a much longer history that dates back to the 1600s. It was originally made by Carthusian Monks in France, and its complex recipe of 130 herbs, plants, and flowers has been a closely guarded secret ever since. The use of Green Chartreuse in cocktails adds a unique herbal complexity and the liqueur itself has a fascinating history tied to the French monarchy, expulsion of the monks, and their eventual return.