Elder Monk

All too often the cocktails I find have names that make little or no sense. Sunday’s new cocktail did not have that problem. It has a name derived directly from the ingredients.

The Elder Monk had the following recipe:

1/2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Benedictine
1/2 oz. St Germain
1/2 oz. Green Chartreuse
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1 twist lemon (as garnish)

Shake, strain, over ice into an old-fashioned glass.

St Germain is an Elderflower liqueur, which provides the adjective. Chartreuse is made by monks and Benedictine is named after a monastic order. Therefore, the monk has two claims on the name.


There was a comment on the site from which I culled this (http://www.kindredcocktails.com/) to go light on the lemon juice. The half lemon that I squeezed produced 1/2 oz., so I went with that.

Despite the drink sounding as though all of the herbal flavours and the gin would clash, it is a delightful drink. If you are not a fan of gin, I think you could use vodka and there is enough coming from the other ingredients to keep it interesting.

Published in: on 31 March, 2013 at 16:48  Leave a Comment  

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