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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

Northern Lights (Christian Clark)

Posted by lesliec. Created by Christian Clark, Tosca Café, San Francisco.
2 oz Gin, St. George Terroir
1⁄2 oz Herbal liqueur, Yellow Chartreuse
1 ds Absinthe, St. George
1 twst Lemon peel (expressed and discarded)
Instructions

Stir and strain into a cocktail glass. Twist a lemon peel over the top and discard the peel.

Notes

Works well with an 'assertive' gin.

History

"The Northern Lights is a slight variation of the Alaska cocktail inspired by the bold Douglas fir character of Terroir gin, which draws the imagination to the deep forests of the north. A touch of absinthe enhances the floral sweetness of the chartreuse, which vibrantly contrasts with the savory pine. Knock back a few of these and you'll swear you can see the Aurora Borealis."

Curator rating
5 stars
Average rating
4.5 stars
(14 ratings)

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Recent Discussion

  • Re Rudy Ray, 22 hours ago noksagt commented:

    Your one posted drink does not use Pasubio, but I'd be open to recommendations you have. This is the only Pasubio+lemon cocktail in kindred at the moment & other tasty Pasubio cocktails in general would be great. I also like the Rhapsody in Blue. Surprised there are only two cocktails on here that use this great ingredient.

  • Re Black Betty, 1 day ago Shawn C commented:

    Okay, but less than the sum of the parts. Even at 1/8 oz, the Pastis dominates, and much moreso than with a rinse for a Sazerac which I enjoy. As a result, the Braulio and Cynar are muted.

  • Re Rudy Ray, 1 day ago Shawn C commented:

    Good, balanced (sweet/sour) and probably a go-to if one is looking for a citrus modified Pasubio drink, but I have half a dozen Pasubio cocktails I prefer to this one, including at least one of my own. The lemon juice somewhat subdues the character of the Pasubio.

  • Re Pins & Needles, 1 day ago Shawn C commented:

    An alpine flavored Tiki drink that surprisingly works. A solid 3.5, but I can't quite go 4 so I am rating it a 3. To be fair, I used 1/2 oz of pineapple juice and 1/2 oz of simple syrup (should have used my gomme syrup instead) to simulate the "pineapple gum syrup" flavors while balancing sugar vs. the lime from my tree, so mouthfeel could be a little off. The pine and alpine herbal notes provide playful contrast to the pineapple/citrus. If you have Braulio and Zirbenz, try it.

  • Re The Shah Sleeps, 1 day ago drinkingandthinking commented:

    nice and smooth with a full body if just a bit sweet. I swapped Calvados/Montenegro proportions and liked it more.