Monk’s old fashioned
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Monk’s old fashioned
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4 / 5
Bourbon Old Fashioned with the herbal taste of Chartreuse. Bourbon Old Fashioned with the herbal taste of Chartreuse.
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Green Chartreuse
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38.86% | 3.23 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

Monk’s Old Fashioned introduces the herbaceous notes of Green Chartreuse to classic bourbon, culminating in a complex yet smoothly distinguished cocktail. Ideal for those with a taste for the traditional with a twist.

Method
How to make a Monk’s old fashioned

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice
Stir well then strain into chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with orange twist and serve

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

·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What makes Green Chartreuse unique in the Monk’s old fashioned cocktail?

Green Chartreuse is a key ingredient in the Monk's old fashioned cocktail, bringing a unique blend of 130 herbs, plants and flowers. Distilled by Carthusian Monks in France since the 1740s, its complex herbal profile adds a distinct, vibrant layer of flavor complexity to the cocktail, differentiating it from a traditional Old Fashioned which doesn't include such an herbal liqueur.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Monk’s old fashioned stirred and not shaken?

The Monk's old fashioned is stirred instead of shaken to ensure a silky texture without introducing too many air bubbles, which is crucial for achieving the cocktail’s signature clarity and smoothness. Stirring gently combines the ingredients, cooling the drink to the desired temperature while maintaining its dense texture, which is preferred for spirit-forward cocktails like this one.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Monk’s old fashioned?

The best way to serve a Monk’s old fashioned is in a lowball glass, often over a large ice cube or sphere. This not only keeps the drink cold but also allows it to dilute slowly, subtly changing the flavor profile as you enjoy it. Garnishing with an orange peel or a maraschino cherry can add a touch of aroma and sweetness.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of Monk’s old fashioned compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 38.86%, the Monk’s old fashioned is on the higher end of the spectrum for classic cocktails, which typically range from 25% to 40% alcohol by volume. This makes it stronger than a classic Margarita (around 30%) but somewhat similar to a traditional Old Fashioned, depending on the recipe, highlighting its stature as a potent, spirit-forward drink.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Can you customize the Monk’s old fashioned for a sweeter palate?

Yes, the Monk’s old fashioned can be customized for a sweeter palate by adjusting the sugar syrup quantity according to taste or by using a sweeter bourbon. Additionally, a dash of orange or chocolate bitters can introduce new flavor dimensions that complement the sweetness, making the cocktail more approachable for those who prefer their drinks on the sweeter side.

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