1 oz Green Chartreuse
1 oz Cocchi Americano
1/2 oz Pine Syrup [Dram Apothecary]
1/4 oz Lime Juice
Combine ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into an ice filled Collins glass and top with 3 oz club soda. Garnish with lime slices.
We spent last weekend up in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. It’s one of my favorite parts of New England, with outdoors activities galore and jaw dropping views. Hiking is the real attraction though, with trails taking you up mountains, to waterfalls, and through dense forests. So it’s no surprise when I got home I was inspired to use my newly acquired Dram Apothecary pine syrup I bought at the Boston General Store.
This syrup is basically evergreens in a bottle. Strong pine notes dominate, complimented by citrus and spices. It’s like one of those old school car air fresheners, without the artificiality… and it’s drinkable. After a weekend breathing in the fresh mountain air, I was ready to get the same experience in a glass.
It also helped that it’s been around 90 degrees here the last few days, so I was craving something refreshing. There is a subtle menthol rush from the syrup that would no doubt do the trick. I decided to go all in on the woodsy freshness, and combined it with some Green Chartreuse for even more herbaceousness. Cochhi Americano and lime juice provided the sharper edges.
The Conifer Fizz smells like walking through a mountain trail. Pine, herbs, and subtle citrus all dance off the bubbles. The sip kicks up the piney-ness even more, like using a pine needle from the straw. Herbs and spices from the Green Chartreuse add more dimension to the drink. It’s almost like drinking an alpine amaro like Amaro Braulio, but without the intense bitterness. On the swallow, the refreshing rush continues, as some of the floral notes from the Cocchi pop up while the lime keeps everything nice and bright.
This drink would be perfect after a long hike or just sitting outside on a hot day. It’s super refreshing, but in a more foresty way that is a nice change from the usual citrus or ginger-forward long drinks. The pine syrup really brings a whole different flavor spectrum to the glass, one that I welcome with open arms (and mouth).