At Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, husband and wife team Andrew and Briana Volk are known – and loved – for their Scandanavian-inspired bites and drinks. With the recent release of their recipe book, “Northern Hospitality with the Portland Hunt + Alpine Club: A Celebration of Cocktails, Cooking and Coming Together”, the Volks are sharing some of their faves from the popular Maine spot, including the popular Green Eyes cocktail.
Made with a mix of gin, green chartreuse, egg white, lime juice and simple syrup, the Green Eyes cocktail is such a favorite, “one wedding reception chose to host at Hunt + Alpine because they loved this drink so much!” explains Volk.
“Inspired by the salty ocean that’s just steps from our door, the mix of Chartreuse and gin along with the texture of the egg whites in this drink makes it a sister of the sea,” she continues. “To say it’s popular would be an understatement; it’s easily one of the most ordered and photographed drinks we have. It is also one of our favorite ways to introduce Chartreuse to our guests. While the spirit is bitter, in this drink it is well balanced by the other ingredients.”
Green Eyes recipe and preparation
- 1.5 oz. gin
- .75 oz. Green Chartreuse
- .75 oz. fresh lime juice
- .5 oz. rich simple syrup
- .5 oz. egg white
- Lime wheel and cocktail cherry, for garnish
Combine the gin, Chartreuse, lime juice, syrup, and egg white in a mixing tin. Fill the tin with ice, cap, and shake hard for 30 to 45 seconds. Uncap the tin and fine strain the contents into the empty top of the tin. When you’re finished straining, dump all the spent ice from the bottom, transfer the liquid back to the tin, cap, and shake without ice for 10 seconds. This further emulsifies the ingredients to ensure that the drink doesn’t separate when served. Pour the twice shaken drink into a chilled double old fashioned glass. Fill with fresh ice, garnish with the lime wheel and cherry, and serve.
Portland Hunt + Alpine Club details
75 Market St., Portland, ME 04101; 207-747-4754; www.huntandalpineclub.com; @huntandalpine
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