The Greenerpoint

Riffs, on riffs, upon riffs. The well-known Greenpoint cocktail is a riff on the Brooklyn cocktail, which is a riff on the classic Manhattan. The Greenpoint is named after a neighborhood in Brooklyn, not after the Chartreuse in the drink (the recipe actually calls for Yellow Chartreuse). I enjoy a slightly tweaked version of the Greenpoint. It’s nothing groundbreaking, and it really doesn’t deserve its own name. However, when swapping the Yellow Chartreuse for the bolder Green Chartreuse, it was hard to resist dubbing it the “Greenerpoint”. The recipe normally calls for half an ounce of Chartreuse, but since the green is more bold I knocked it down to a quarter of an ounce and upped the amount of vermouth. Cocchi Vermouth di Torino is complex a vermouth that is similar to Carpano Antica. It has both herbal and woody notes, yet maintains a balanced and easily palatable sweetness. Notes of bitter orange and chocolate are dominate, but don’t overpower the numerous other botanicals.

The Greenerpoint
 
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces rye
  • ¾ ounce Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
  • ¼ Green Chartreuse
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in mixing glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir until chilled.
  3. Strain into coupe glass and garnish with expressed orange twist.

Greenpoint
 
Author:
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces rye
  • ½ ounce vermouth
  • ½ Yellow Chartreuse
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in mixing glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir until chilled.
  3. Strain into coupe glass and garnish with expressed lemon twist.
 


Additional Resources:
The Annotated Drink: The Brooklyn Cocktail, by David Wondrich
Edible Brooklyn – 8 Different Ways to Make the Brooklyn Cocktail
Liquor.com – The Greenpoint
Punchdrink – Meet the Brooklyn Cocktail Family, by Kara Newman
Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino
Cocchi – Botanical Library
Carpano Antica Vermouth

4 thoughts on “The Greenerpoint

  1. Andrew,

    Wow!! I love this cocktail!! I had to travel to purchase the Green Chartreuse (rural NW OK). I am glad I did!!

    To me this is a more interesting Manhattan/Boulivardiar. I love the herbal favors and smell. It also brings a touch of bitterness which I like!
    I almost purchased Green and Yellow Chartreuse but balked at the $50+ price tag. I decided I would buy the more bold version and see if I liked it. Do you think it’s worth purchasing the yellow or do you think I can get buy using less of the green?
    Love your blog and can’t wait to try more recipes!
    Thanks again for your hard work!!
    Sincerely,
    Jacob
    Woodward, OK

    1. mm

      Hi Jacob!

      Yes, Green Chartreuse is a pricey bottle, but I can’t seem to do without it. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it as well!

      As for what to keep at hand, I’d say to purchase what you enjoy and will use. Green is what I always keep on hand. Some drinks call for yellow, but I don’t make any of them too often. In addition to flavor differences, the green is 55% ABV while the yellow is 40%, so it definitely has its applications.

      I’d say diversify and buy something else. If you don’t have a bottle of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, go for that and make a last word. Equal parts (3/4 ounce) of the following: gin, Green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, lime juice. It’s a classic!

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