The Champs Elysées Cocktail
Updated: Apr 19, 2021
The perfect cocktail for the Jazz Age expat in Paris
This cocktail dates from the Savoy cocktail book first published in 1930, so it's entirely possible that Eileen and her fashionable friends might have enjoyed this glamorous concoction. Featuring French spirits such as Cognac and Chartreuse, this powerful drink is perfect for an expat with a sense of adventure. Adding St. Germain as the sweetener is a nod to Eileen’s home on Rue Bonaparte in the St. Germain neighborhood. This is the perfect cocktail to toast the enigmatic designer who felt most at home and inspired in Paris.
The Champs Elysées Cocktail • 1-1/2 oz. Cognac • 1/2 oz. Chartreuse (green) • 2 tsp.lemon juice • 1 tsp. St. Germain
• 4 dashes Angoustura bitters
Place a coupe in the freezer to chill. We recommend a Nick and Nora glass for this deliciously potent libation. While the glass is chilling pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into your chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel. We've added some fresh thyme as well, feel free to experiment with whatever herbs or citrus you have handy. Here at the Modernist's Guide, we prefer our cocktails booze forward- but if you need to siss it up , try upping the amount of St. Germain and lemon juice.
Nick and Nora glass
mixing glass and strainer jigger and stir spoon
A note about Chartreuse. Made by monks in ( Chartreuse) France, it has a unique herbal flavor. In the US it comes in two varieties, yellow and green. The yellow version is sweeter and milder. So if you need the sissy version, use the yellow.