The Yellow Jacket Recipe

The Yellow Jacket Recipe

[Photo: Robyn Lee]

This aromatic tequila cocktail comes from Speakeasy, the cocktail cookbook from Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric of Employees Only in New York. It's rich and honey-tinged from the combination of St-Germain elderflower liqueur and fennel-scented yellow Chartreuse. Herbal, musky, and bittersweet, it's a contemplative, well-balanced cocktail, named for the wasps that swarm around agave farms and tequila distilleries.

  • Yield:1
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 2 ounces reposado tequila (such as Partida)
  • 1 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce Yellow Chartreuse
  • 1 dash Regan's Orange Bitters
  • 1 lemon twist, for garnish


  1. 1.

    Pour tequila, elderflower liqueur, Chartreuse, and bitters into mixing glass. Fill about two-thirds full with ice cubes and stir for 40 revolutions. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.