Mission Impossible
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Mission Impossible
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The Mission Impossible cocktail is a visually striking and complex layered drink that combines the creamy smoothness of Bailey's Irish Cream with the rich depth of coffee liqueur and the ... more The Mission Impossible cocktail is a visually striking and complex layered drink that combines the creamy smoothness of Bailey's Irish Cream with the rich depth of coffee liqueur and the herbal complexity of Green Chartreuse. Served in a highball glass, this drink offers a unique tasting experience as the distinct layers not only create a visual spectacle—often enhanced by lighting the Chartreuse on fire for a dramatic presentation—but also allow the drinker to experience the transition of flavors from the sweet coffee notes to the creamy texture and finishing with the potent and aromatic Green Chartreuse. Despite its inviting appearance, the intensity and particular flavor profile may not be for everyone, reflected in its modest popularity.
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Green Chartreuse
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30.67% | 2.76 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Mission Impossible

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
In a highball glass filled with ice add a shot of Kahlúa
Then slowly pour a shot of Baileys Irish Cream on top so that it layers
Finally add a shot of Green Chartreuse so it floats on top
Set the Green Chartreuse on fire, then serve with a long straw

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·  Highball  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What makes Green Chartreuse a unique ingredient in the Mission Impossible cocktail?

Green Chartreuse is unique due to its complex flavor profile and its history. It's made by Carthusian Monks in France with a secret blend of 130 herbs, plants, and flowers, giving it a distinctive herbal, sweet, and spicy taste. Its inclusion in the Mission Impossible cocktail contributes a bold, herbal complexity that balances the sweetness of the Bailey's and the richness of the coffee liqueur.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal way to serve the Mission Impossible cocktail to best enjoy its flavors?

The Mission Impossible cocktail is best served cold in a highball glass to accentuate its rich and complex flavors. To enhance the experience, you can chill the glass in advance. Serving it on the rocks can also dilute the drink slightly, which might be preferable for those who find the alcohol content a bit strong. Garnishing with a twist of orange or a thin slice of ginger can add an aromatic touch, complementing the cocktail's herbal and sweet notes.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in Mission Impossible compare to other popular cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 30.67%, the Mission Impossible cocktail is on the stronger side compared to many classic cocktails. For instance, a Margarita typically has an alcohol content around 26%, and a Manhattan about 32%. This places Mission Impossible closer to the stronger end of the spectrum, similar to a Manhattan, indicating that it's a potent choice suitable for those who enjoy a drink with a bit more kick.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Are there any popular variations or customizable aspects of the Mission Impossible cocktail?

Yes, the Mission Impossible cocktail can be customized in several ways to suit personal taste preferences. For a sweeter twist, you can add a dash of vanilla syrup or use a vanilla-flavored liqueur. If you prefer a creamier texture, consider using a cream-based coffee liqueur or adding a splash of heavy cream. For those who enjoy a hint of citrus, adding a few drops of orange bitters or a lemon twist garnish can introduce a refreshing contrast to the drink's rich flavors.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What types of food pair well with a Mission Impossible cocktail?

The rich, herbal, and slightly sweet flavors of the Mission Impossible cocktail pair well with a variety of foods. For savory options, consider charcuterie boards with aged cheeses, smoked meats, and nuts, which complement the cocktail's complexity. Desserts like dark chocolate truffles or coffee-flavored tiramisu can also enhance the drink's coffee and herbal notes. Spicy or salty snacks can provide a delightful contrast to its sweetness and richness.

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