Originally Published Jan 30, 2012
It really only has been a year since I've started diving into making craft cocktails. I say 'making' rather loosely because all my drinks are duplications of other bartender's work. It was around four years ago that a good friend of mine (@sharepointtoro) introduced me into the pre-prohibition cocktail scene. At the time, I lived in the suburbs and wasn't really able to dive into the subject since there are NO bars in the area that do mixed drinks like what I read in Robert Hess' books. Before my move to Chicago, my first real bar experience was in Austin Texas.
It was over a year and a half ago that I visited Austin during a mind numbing hot summer. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I botched an interview down there, but am happy that I was able to connect with some old friends. These friends introduced me to Peche. I've been in love with Austin and Peche ever since. They had on their menu a drink called Gin & Monks that used both Green and Yellow Chartreuse. For the past year or so, I've tried to get other people in Chicago to duplicate the drink. No one ever heard of it and no one really wanted to touch it. Clearly I fell for a drink that was a Peche original.
Finally last week, I made a return trip to Austin. Over the last year, I could have emailed them how to make the drink but never felt comfortable doing so. Finally after four visits in five days, I had the courage to ask for a Gin & Monks (which was not on the menu) and to ask how to make it.
With that said, I'm pleased to present the cocktail that I've been chasing for quite some time: the Gin & Monks by Dwayne at Peche Austin.
1.5 oz Plymouth Gin
.5 oz Green Chartreuse
.5 oz Yellow Chartreuse
.5 oz lime
.5 oz simple syrup
Shaken and strained into a martini glass.
- Is this a sweet drink?
- YES , but the lime helps cut it down. You could probably cut the simple syrup down a notch.
- Is this a summer drink?
- Probably so unless you live in Austin which doesn't have a winter.
- How great is this drink?
- In my top five.
- Why did you use North Shore #6?
- Because I have a crush on that distillery, don't judge.
- Could I have tried to make it on my own instead of toiling around for a year?
- Read intro to this blog post, I'm a novice not a professional.
Now you finally have an excuse to purchase a bottle of Yellow Chartreuse because this drink along with Sepia's Victorian Lace are MUST have drinks in your knowledge base.
If you are ever in Austin, you owe it to yourself to visit Peche. They are clearly a class act and one of the better craft cocktail bars in the state if not the country.