What are good cocktails that make use of herb liqueurs?

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If you're intrigued by herbaceous cocktails, several standout options incorporate herbal liqueurs, bringing both complexity and depth to your drinking experience. Here's a breakdown of some excellent choices: Last Word stands at the pinnacle with a near-perfect rating of 4.9/5. This cocktail, a revival from the Prohibition era, deftly balances fresh lime juice, Green Chartreuse, dry gin, and Maraschino cherry liqueur. The equal parts of each ingredient contribute to its harmonious and vibrant taste, making it a top pick for those who appreciate a zesty mix with a herbal twist. Next up is the Bijou with a rating of 4.7/5. Originating from the late 1800s, this cocktail is a beautiful blend of gin, orange bitters, Green Chartreuse, and red vermouth. Stirred rather than shaken, Bijou is noted for its crisp and herbaceous profile, appealing to those who prefer a sophisticated and spice-laden drink. For a cocktail with a New Orleans flair, consider the Vieux Carré, rated at 4.65/5. This concoction includes cognac, Angostura bitters, red vermouth, Benedictine, and bourbon, offering complex layers of flavor and historical charm. The Vieux Carré perfectly embodies the spirit of the French Quarter, providing a rich and aromatic experience. Another intriguing option is La Louisiane, which holds a rating of 4.25/5. This drink uses rye whiskey, red vermouth, DOM Benedictine, absinthe, and Peychaud's Aromatic Bitters. The addition of absinthe and Benedictine provides a delightful herbal depth, complemented by the spice of the rye whiskey, making this a flavorful embodiment of New Orleans' cocktail culture. Lastly, the Green Blush with a rating of 3.92/5 offers complex herbal notes by combining absinthe, red vermouth, and DOM Benedictine. It's an excellent choice if you enjoy a cocktail with layered herbal flavors and a touch of sweetness. These cocktails showcase how herbal liqueurs can enrich your cocktail experience, adding depth, complexity, and a remarkable balance of flavors.

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You asked: Best cocktails using herb liqueurs. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.

Last Word

The Last Word is a prohibition-era cocktail that has experienced a revival in modern mixology. A balanced mix of tart...

Lime juice (30ml), Green Chartreuse (30ml), Dry gin (30ml), Maraschino cherry liqueur (30ml)

4 ingredients
4.9 / 5


Crisp and herbaceous, the classic Bijou cocktail from the late 1800s blends gin with a bouquet of herbs and spices...

Gin (30ml), Orange Bitters (Dash), Green Chartreuse (30ml), Red vermouth (30ml)

4 ingredients
4.7 / 5

Vieux Carré

Created by Walter Bergeron in 1938 and pronounced 'Voo-Ka-Ray', this drink is named after the New Orleans French Quarter and...

Cognac (30ml), Angostura Bitters (Dash), Red vermouth (30ml), DOM Benedictine (7.5ml), Bourbon (30ml), Peychaud's Aromatic Bitters (Dash)

6 ingredients
4.65 / 5

The Last Word

The Last Word is an iconic cocktail that stands out for its unique and harmonious blend of flavors. Dating back...

0 ingredients
4.5 / 5

Elder's Last Word

A take on the classic Last Word, with elderflower liqueur in place of Luxardo, lemon instead of lime juice, and...

Lemon Juice (30ml), Gin (30ml), Yellow Chartreuse (30ml), Elderflower Liqueur (30ml)

4 ingredients
4.5 / 5

La Louisiane

La Louisiane is a sumptuous, heritage-rich cocktail that hails from the vibrant heart of New Orleans. It artfully combines the...

Rye Whiskey (30ml), Red vermouth (30ml), DOM Benedictine (15ml), Absinthe (2.5ml), Peychaud's Aromatic Bitters (2 dashes), Water (10ml)

6 ingredients
4.25 / 5

Monk’s old fashioned

Bourbon Old Fashioned with the herbal taste of Chartreuse.

Sugar Syrup (7.5ml), Angostura Bitters (Dash), Green Chartreuse (15ml), Bourbon (60ml)

4 ingredients
4 / 5

The Lumière

This recipe, developed by Nitehawk Cinema's Beverage Director Jen Marshall, was inspired by the Oscar-nominated film Hugo. The magical sophistication...

Green Chartreuse (22.5ml), Orange Bitters (Dash), Gin (45ml), Lime juice (22.5ml), Elderflower Liqueur (30ml)

5 ingredients
3.92 / 5

Chartreuse Swizzle

The Chartreuse Swizzle is a refreshing and herbaceous cocktail that dates back to the 1930s. This classic mixed drink is...

Lime juice (Dash), Pineapple Juice (30ml), Green Chartreuse (37.5ml), Velvet Falernum (15ml)

4 ingredients
3.92 / 5

Green Blush

The Green Blush is a cocktail that masterfully balances the herbaceous and anise-forward punch of absinthe with the sweet and...

Absinthe (7.5ml), Red vermouth (120ml), DOM Benedictine (30ml)

3 ingredients
3.92 / 5


We've collated some quick fire Q&A's on the question to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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What are herb liqueurs?

Herb liqueurs are alcoholic beverages made by infusing various herbs, spices, and other botanicals into a base spirit. They are known for their complex and aromatic flavor profiles.

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How do herb liqueurs enhance a cocktail?

Herb liqueurs add depth, complexity, and unique flavor notes to cocktails. They can enhance the aromatic qualities of a drink and introduce interesting herbal, spicy, or floral elements.

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What types of herb liqueurs are commonly used in cocktails?

Common herb liqueurs include Green Chartreuse, Yellow Chartreuse, Benedictine, Absinthe, and Galliano. Each brings its own mix of botanical flavors to a cocktail.

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Can I substitute different herb liqueurs in cocktail recipes?

Yes, you can substitute different herb liqueurs, but it's important to understand their flavor profiles. For instance, Green Chartreuse is more potent and herbal compared to the milder, sweeter Yellow Chartreuse.

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Are herb liqueurs used only in specific types of cocktails?

Herb liqueurs can be used in a variety of cocktails, from classic mixed drinks to innovative new creations. They are versatile and can be incorporated into anything from a refreshing summer drink to a complex winter warmer.

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