Recipe: Greenpoint (serves one)
- 2 oz. rye whiskey
- 1/2 oz. yellow Chartreuse
- 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
- 1 dash (= 1/8 tsp) Angostura bitters
- 1 dash (= 1/8 tsp) orange bitters
- lemon peel
Stir ingredients with ice in cocktail shaker. Strain into cocktail glass, and garnish with lemon peel.
This is one of the alternatives to the Manhattan that we read about in a Thrillist article on overrated cocktails, We loved another variant, the Vieux Carré, so we decided to try this one as well. It’s named after the Greenpoint neighborhood in Brooklyn. We like it at least as much as the Manhattan: the yellow Chartreuse adds both sweetness and a distinctive herbal flavor.
The Chartreuse. Chartreuse is an herbal liqueur made by monks in France. It comes in two varieties, yellow and green. Even though this drink is called the Greenpoint, make sure not to use the overpowering green Chartreuse. Yellow Chartreuse is sweeter and milder.
The orange bitters. We like the Fee Brothers brand. We tried Angostura orange bitters, but they were too strong and tasted artificial (we do like the classic Angostura aromatic bitters, though).