I want to make a cocktail which uses Yellow Chartreuse. I happen to have a quarter-bottle of Green Chartreuse in the back of the cabinet. I know the green variety is stronger and the yellow somewhat sweeter. I'm thinking I'll use a little less, increase the (other) sweeter ingredients, and maybe pick a stronger base liquor to balance better. Will this result in something mostly like the original cocktail, or will it be more like a whole new thing (for better or worse)?

  • The yellow has a honey taste and the green is somewhat more bitter. Can you share your cocktail ingredients with us? I am A fan of both the Chartreuses.
    – Ken Graham
    Oct 11, 2016 at 23:38
  • The particular cocktail I had in mind is the Yellow Jacket — elderflower, tequila, Yellow Chartreuse. Hmmm, honey... I have Drambuie on hand too....
    – mattdm
    Oct 12, 2016 at 18:42

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You cannot substitute green for yellow Chartreuse without changing the basic character of the cocktail. Both varieties are very strong flavors, but different characters. As the Chartreuse is nearly 25% of the ingredients you can't hide the difference.

If you make a Green Jacket instead of a Yellow Jacket you'll end up with something more vegetable tasting and less sweet. It may taste good or it may not, there's no way to predict. You could try dropping the green Chartreuse to 1/2 an ounce and adding a dash of honey, that may get you closer. If you do use honey try mixing it in with the Chartreuse before adding it to the cocktail - you want it well blended.

  • +1 A table spoon of honey is exactly what I would do in this situation. As you said, it may or may not taste okay.
    – Ken Graham
    Oct 13, 2016 at 12:24
  • My thoughts are turning to a simple syrup made with honey rather than sugar (because getting the honey to blend otherwise might be hard), but I've never tried it. Oct 14, 2016 at 3:42
  • @MonicaCellio That is an excellent point to be considered.
    – Ken Graham
    Oct 14, 2016 at 13:06
  • Honey is already a syrup, if you dilute it you lose the strength of flavor. This is why I suggest mixing it into the alcohol.
    – GdD
    Oct 14, 2016 at 15:42

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