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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

Alaska Cocktail

Posted by Dan. Created by Harry Craddock (?), The Savoy Hotel.
2 1⁄4 oz Gin
3⁄4 oz Herbal liqueur, Yellow Chartreuse

Stir, strain, straight up, cocktail glass.


The ratios suggest for this cocktail vary from 2:1 to 8:1. I prefer a relatively dry 6:1. Serve very cold to avoid excess sweetness. Alternatively, use more Chartreuse and balance with lemon, dry sherry, or top with dry sparkling wine.

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