Champs-Élysées
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Champs-Élysées
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4.9 / 5
The Champs-Élysées cocktail is a sophisticated and classic French-inspired drink that embodies the elegance of its namesake avenue in Paris. This cocktail combines the rich warmth of cognac with the ... more The Champs-Élysées cocktail is a sophisticated and classic French-inspired drink that embodies the elegance of its namesake avenue in Paris. This cocktail combines the rich warmth of cognac with the herbal complexity of green Chartreuse, creating a refined and layered taste experience. With the addition of tart lemon juice and the sweetness of sugar syrup, it achieves a perfect balance of flavors. The inclusion of Angostura bitters adds a subtle depth to the drink, enhancing its overall aroma and palate. Typically served in a cocktail glass, the Champs-Élysées is garnished with a twist of lemon peel to accentuate its citrus notes and provide an inviting presentation.
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Green Chartreuse
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Lemon
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26.11% | 2.35 units *

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Champs-Élysées cocktail effortlessly marries the bold richness of cognac with the mystical herbal notes of green Chartreuse, creating a dance of sophistication in every sip. The harmony of sharp lemon juice and sweet sugar syrup, enhanced by a dash of Angostura bitters, provides a beautifully balanced taste that resonates with the grandeur of its Parisian namesake.

Method
How to make a Champs-Élysées

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients plus two teaspoons of chilled water into a shaker with ice
Shake well then strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a lemon peel twist and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Champs-Élysées cocktail?

The Champs-Élysées cocktail is named after the famous avenue in Paris, reflecting its French origin. It is a variation of the classic Sidecar cocktail, tailored to incorporate green Chartreuse, adding a unique herbal complexity. This cocktail has been enjoyed since the early 20th century, evolving over time but always retaining its elegant French allure.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Why is Green Chartreuse used in the Champs-Élysées?

Green Chartreuse, a French herbal liqueur made by Carthusian monks since the 1740s, is used in the Champs-Élysées to add a distinct herbal complexity that is both sweet and spicy. Its inclusion provides a unique flavor profile that sets this cocktail apart from other classics, complementing the cognac's richness and the citrus notes from the lemon juice.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnish works best with a Champs-Élysées cocktail?

A lemon twist is the perfect garnish for a Champs-Élysées. The citrus aroma from the twist enhances the cocktail's fragrance, complementing the lemon juice's tartness. Optionally, a maraschino cherry can also be added for a touch of sweetness and color contrast.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Is there a preferred technique for shaking a Champs-Élysées?

For a Champs-Élysées, the preferred technique is to shake it vigorously with ice in a cocktail shaker. This not only chills the cocktail but also properly dilutes and mixes the ingredients, ensuring a smooth, harmonious blend of the cognac, green Chartreuse, lemon juice, and other components. Strain it into a chilled cocktail glass to serve.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal setting or occasion for serving the Champs-Élysées cocktail?

The Champs-Élysées cocktail, with its sophisticated flavor profile and elegant presentation, is most suitably served at formal gatherings or to elevate a special occasion. Its refined character makes it a perfect choice for celebratory dinners, cocktail parties, or as a classy aperitif in a fine dining setting.

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