Chartreuse Swizzle Recipe

Let's start the weekend right--with a cocktail recipe from Paul Clarke of The Cocktail Chronicles. Need more than one? Hit up the archives. Cheers!

In a recent diatribe against oppressive summer heat, I praised the class of crushed ice drinks known as swizzles. Originating in the Caribbean and typically made of rum, lime juice, and occasionally the lime-and-clove syrup called falernum, swizzles are among the most effective heat busters in the bibulous kingdom. But they're not all based on rum. Here's a contemporary drink that takes the swizzle's foundation and revamps it in a spectacularly flavorful way: the Chartreuse Swizzle.

Created by San Francisco bartender Marcovaldo Dionysos, the Chartreuse Swizzle takes the basic elements of a Caribbean swizzle and sends them to grad school. By swapping the rum for green Chartreuse--a French herbal liqueur with a recipe dating back centuries--the Chartreuse Swizzle takes a simple summer cooler and turns the complexity level up to the proverbial eleven. The mixture may seem odd but in the glass, it works wonders. If you're looking for a unique and stunning drink to cool off with this August weekend, the Chartreuse Swizzle would be a good place to start.

Recipe Facts

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

Rate & Comment


  • 1 1/4 ounces green Chartreuse

  • 1 ounce pineapple juice

  • 3/4 ounce lime juice

  • 1/2 ounce falernum*


  1. Combine ingredients in a Collins glass and fill with crushed ice. Swizzle with a bar spoon or swizzle stick until the outside of the glass frosts, adding more crushed ice as needed. Serve with a straw and a satisfied expression.

  2. *Velvet Falernum is available in some liquor stores, and Fee Brothers makes a nonalcoholic falernum that is serviceable. Or, you can make your own.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
186 Calories
1g Fat
20g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 186
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 21mg 103%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 79mg 2%
*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.)