Vinny is taking an extended break, now that summer is nearly upon us :). To celebrate, he’s sharing a drink with you from the World Heritage site Cinque Terre in Italy, which he hopes to visit some day soon.
The most interesting ingredient is Chartreuse, an extraordinary liqueur made from 130 herbs, flowers and spices. The Carthusian monks received the recipe as a gift from a marshal of artillery to French king Henry IV, François Hannibal d’Estrées. It made its way to the Grande Chartreuse monastery, in Voiron, near Grenoble in France. It has since then been used to produce the “Elixir Végétal de la Grande Chartreuse,” a potent medicine said to have protected the monks against the black plague in Europe.
A slightly less alcoholic version forms the basis of green Chartreuse. Loaded with antioxidants, this liqueur is beyond delicious. But it may be a taste that needs acquiring. If it’s your first time, serve it on the rocks and sip it gently. Or mix up this zesty cocktail and drink a toast to Cinque Terre!
Cinque Terre Cocktail
To your health!
- 5 medium lemon verbena sprigs, plus 1 lemon verbena sprig and 3 leaves for garnish
- 1 strip of orange zest
- 1 strip of lemon zest
- 2 ounces sweet white vermouth
- 2 ounces chilled Prosecco
- 1-2 teaspoons green Chartreuse
- In a Collins glass, lightly muddle the 5 lemon verbena sprigs with the orange and lemon zests.
- Add ice, then the vermouth and Prosecco, and stir well. if you want less alcohol, use sparkling water instead of the Prosecco.
- Top with the Chartreuse and garnish with the remaining verbena sprig and leaves.
Just to keep up an appearance, I plan to repost the most popular items from my foodie Facebook page from time to time while I’m busy with summer activities. Have a nice holiday everybody and I hope to see you in September!