Cocktail Recipes: Purgatory

Coincidentally both my boyfriend and I didn’t have microwaves before we met each other. That was one of many humorous things we found we had in common when we were first getting to know each other, so of course when we eventually moved in together and our apartment had a shelf in the kitchen designed to put a microwave in, we decided to get creative with it and use it as a little mini bar to hold all of our liquor bottles;  because one thing we do like to do is mix up fun and exciting drinks.

One of the more recent drink recipes that we’ve added to our repertoire is an interesting cocktail called Purgatory and it uses Rye Whiskey, Chartreuse, and Benedictine.

Wade, Jon & Shawn all agree – Benedictine is great!

This all started because we had this bottle of Benedictine and while it’s a bit sweet and quite strong on it’s own we figured it had to be great mixed with something. Why did we have the bottle of Benedictine to start with? Well Shawn had heard about it here and there I believe, and its history is quite interesting. It started out as a tonic to help the Benedictine monks back in 1510 (hence the name) and is a Brandy based herbal liqueur. Its production has halted after the French Revolution, but 70 years later in 1863 the manuscript with the recipe was discovered and they started making it again and they still use that same recipe today.

The recipe calls for

2 ½ shots Rye whiskey
¾ shot Green Chartreuse
¾ shot Bénédictine

Note: You can also substitute Bourbon for the Rye Whiskey.

Pour all of these into a shaker and add a couple of ice cubes and shake until outside of your shaker is frosty.

For a garnish you can prepare your glass with a bit of orange peel/twist if you like.

Once you are done shaking up your cocktail pour into what ever style glass you prefer – this drink is nice in a martini glass, but a low ball glass will work too.

And enjoy your new drink! This is certainly on the strong side of cocktails so be sure exercise caution – I don’t think you would want to have more than two of these, three would be pushing it! But they are a nice diversion from the ordinary. Some people prefer to drink them while they are still extremely cold but I don’t mind them once they wind down to room temperature – it’s all up to personal preference I suppose, just keeping in mind that this is a very strong drink with a lot of very complex flavours! Next time I do a cocktail recipe I’ll post something a little easier – but if you want to try something out of the ordinary this is your ticket.

8 thoughts on “Cocktail Recipes: Purgatory

  1. We didn’t have a micro when we moved together either. There was a micro that came with the apartment where we live now, but one of the first things we did when we moved in was to throw the micro out!
    It was so crappy that we had to turn off all the electricity in the kitchen if we were going to use the microwave…

    I never tried this drink, but I’ve been to the place in the French Alps where they make Chartreuse. It’s not so far away from Grenoble. Perhaps I can write a post about it some day :)

    • It’s funny you mention about having to turn out the electricity in the kitchen to use the micro – we have a little apartment size deep freeze and we found if we plug it in beside the fridge it shorts out half of our apartment, whats up with that?! So we just have it plugged in in this small room off of the master bedroom, it’s a little odd – but it’s out of the way and it’s doesn’t short the electricity to the apartment so we’re happy. It’s amazing how easy it is to live without a microwave, sure we still use one at work – but when you’re at home you have more time to cook and relax and just take your time to make food! Chartreuse is amazing, we are discovering new ways to appreciate it – I think my boyfriend still like Campari better, but we recently discovered that you can mix Chartreuse with a little pineapple juice and soda water and ta da! Instant summmer deliciousness :) a post about the place they make Chartreuse would be very neat!

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