Alaska Cocktail Recipe

Gin and yellow Chartreuse are all you need for this sophisticated but lesser-known classic.

Robyn Lee

First things first: I have no idea why this drink is called the Alaska Cocktail. The Savoy Cocktail Book, where this drink appeared in 1930, is less than helpful in illuminating the drink's origins: "So far as can be ascertained this delectable potion is NOT the staple diet of the Esquimaux. It was probably first thought of in South Carolina hence its name," according to the book.

Alaska, at least, sounds cold and refreshing? This recipe is deceptively simple--just gin, yellow Chartreuse (a lower alcohol, slightly sweeter relative of the more common green variety) and, optionally, a dash of orange bitters. Yet the drink is energetically complex due to a vibrant mix of botanicals. Some bartenders use a floral gin like Hendrick's but I think an old-school classic London dry gin like Beefeater or Tanqueray works nicely.

However you mix the Alaska, proceed with caution. While it has the sweetness and mellowness of a liqueur, yellow Chartreuse is still 80-proof, so the drink packs a mighty wallop. Sip carefully, and think of glaciers and ice fields.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 1 1/2 ounces gin

  • 1/2 ounce Yellow Chartreuse

  • 1 dash orange bitters (optional)


  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well for 20 seconds and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Special equipment

Mixing glass, cocktail strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
137 Calories
0g Fat
0g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 137
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 1mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)