Yellow Jacket

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This well-balanced cocktail was created by the bartenders at Employees Only, in New York. It’s named for the wasps that swarm around agave farms and tequila distilleries. I took a few liberties with the recipe, but only because I wanted to use what I already had in my cabinet. Until I get yellow chartreuse, I have just been substituting green for any recipes that call for yellow. Partida reposado has notes of oak which is different from Don Julio’s smoky herbal taste. Lastly I was out of lemons so I used an orange peel. The 2 things that remained original to this recipe were the St-Germain and Regan’s orange bitters. It was still quite the cocktail. The flavors played well together and sang on the palate. Cheers!

slightly adapted from: Craft Cocktails
makes: 1 drink

2 ounces Partida Reposado tequila
1 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
3/4 ounce yellow chartreuse
1 dash Regan’s orange bitters
lemon or orange twist for garnish

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Place all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add large ice cubes and stir thoroughly. Taste for balance. Slowly strain into a chilled coupe, taking care not to aerate. Garnish and serve.

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