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Chive infused gin? Indeed. I’ll be honest, it took me a little while to figure out what to do with this infusion. It smells quite like onions, which is a bit odd, at first. Not aggressive onion, but onion nevertheless. But it is also herbaceous and vibrant, and it has a lot of intriguing pairing qualities. After playing around with a few different liquors and liqueurs, things started to make sense. I’m not exactly sure why this works, but it does, and its beautiful.
In case you missed the original post on chive infused gin, check it out here.
This cocktail combines the herbal onion notes of this gin, more herbal notes and a little bit of sweetness from Yellow Chartreuse, citrus and bitter from Cocchi Americano, and some fruit from the lemon, and Rothman and Winter Apricot. It’s a laundry list of some of my favorite spirits (and categories of spirits) and I think that the Chartreuse/Cocchi/Citrus combo makes a lot of sense. The chive blossom gin doesn’t make tons of sense, but it is herbaceous with a hit of juniper and it seems a natural pairing with either green or yellow Chartreuse. Maybe more so with the green, but works really well with both.
This cocktail makes sense with either Green Chartreuse or Yellow Chartreuse. The flavor profile changes a bit depending on which you use, but I’ve found (oddly enough) that it can work with either. My preference here is for yellow, but I’m just one man, so make those decisions on your own.
Enough already, here is the recipe.
Chive to Five
1.5 oz Chive Infused Gin
1 oz Cocchi Americano
0.5 oz Yellow Chartreuse
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
0.25 oz Rothman and Winter Apricot Liqueur
Combine all ingredients and shake to combine. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a chive blossom. Drink!