Author Notes: Today I came across an old drink recipe that I had scribbled in a notebook. Naturally I wanted to recreate it to see if I had any idea what I was talking about. Unfortunately, I was out of one crucial ingredient and had nothing I could readily substitute for it. But I was inspired by the basic pisco-and-fruit idea to strike out in another direction. Nobody would mistake this for a margarita but it has the same basic structure with some additions to deal with the fact that pisco tastes nothing like tequila.
The drink is powerful but it has a nice sweet-tart balance that I associate with a good margarita. —ProfPessimist
Makes: 1 drink
ounce Grand Marnier
ounces Creme de Cassis (blackberry liqueur)
ounces green Chartreuse
- Fill a shaker with ice.
- Measure the pisco, Grand Marnier and blackberry liqueur into the shaker.
- Add the Chartreuse as you would a bitters - a few big drops is really all you need.
- Cut the lime into quarters. Squeeze one quarter into the mixer. Cut a slit in the other.
- Shake for 15 seconds and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with the lime wedge.
- Variations: Instead of blackberry liqueur, you could use some other fruit spirit like Poire Williams.
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