Alaska
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Alaska
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The Alaska cocktail is a sophisticated, aromatic drink that tantalizes the senses with its unique blend of flavors. At its heart, this cocktail combines the dryness of gin with the ... more The Alaska cocktail is a sophisticated, aromatic drink that tantalizes the senses with its unique blend of flavors. At its heart, this cocktail combines the dryness of gin with the herbal complexity of Yellow Chartreuse, balanced delicately with a dash of orange bitters and a hint of water to smooth out the edges. Served in a classic cocktail glass, the Alaska is known for its cold presentation, offering a refreshing yet bold experience. Its distinct yellow-green hue, courtesy of the Chartreuse, makes it not only a pleasure to taste but also a visual delight. Perfect for those who appreciate a drink with depth and character, the Alaska cocktail is a timeless choice for connoisseurs seeking something beyond the ordinary.
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Dry gin
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33.65% | 2.12 units *
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Classic

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Ingredients

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10ml ⅓oz 1cl
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22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
30ml 1oz 3cl

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Alaska cocktail is a harmonious medley where the herbaceous warmth of Yellow Chartreuse dances beautifully with the crispness of dry gin. The subtlety of orange bitters adds a delightful complexity, creating a nuanced drink that’s both visually and sensorially stimulating.

Method
How to make a Alaska

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Start by stirring all the ingredients together with ice in a mixing glass, making sure to do this gently for about 10-15 seconds to chill the mixture thoroughly
After stirring, promptly strain the mixture into a glass that has been pre-chilled in the freezer or refrigerator to keep your cocktail colder for longer
This step ensures your drink is perfectly smooth and free from unwanted ice chips
Enjoy your meticulously crafted cocktail, now ready to sip and savor
Cheers!

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Alaska cocktail?

The Alaska cocktail is believed to have origins in the early 20th century. Its exact origins are somewhat nebulous, but it is known to be a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavor of Yellow Chartreuse, paired traditionally with gin. Its precise origin story, much like many classic cocktails, remains a mix of lore and historical fragments.

FAQ

Why is Yellow Chartreuse used in the Alaska cocktail?

Yellow Chartreuse, a key ingredient in the Alaska cocktail, is chosen for its complex flavor profile, which includes hints of honey, saffron, and an array of herbs and spices. Its milder, sweeter flavor, compared to Green Chartreuse, complements the dryness of the gin without overpowering it, offering a unique and balanced taste that defines the Alaska cocktail.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another type of bitters for Orange Bitters in the Alaska cocktail?

While Orange Bitters are traditional and lend a specific flavor profile to the Alaska cocktail, you can experiment with other types of bitters to suit your taste. Aromatic bitters or lemon bitters could provide interesting variations, though the final taste will differ from the classic recipe. Substitutions will offer a new twist but may alter the intended balance and character of the cocktail.

FAQ

What is the best type of gin to use in the Alaska cocktail?

For the Alaska cocktail, a high-quality dry gin is recommended to achieve the optimal balance of flavors. The botanicals in the gin should complement the herbal notes of the Yellow Chartreuse without overwhelming them. London Dry Gin is a popular choice for its clean, crisp profile and its ability to blend smoothly with other ingredients.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

Is the Alaska cocktail suitable for all seasons or specific occasions?

The Alaska cocktail, with its herbal and citrus notes, is versatile enough to be enjoyed year-round. Its refreshing qualities make it suitable for warmer months, while the warming alcohol content and complexity of the Yellow Chartreuse can provide a comforting option during the cooler seasons. It's sophisticated enough for formal occasions yet approachable enough for casual gatherings.

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