Petit Cafe Recipe

Petit Cafe Recipe

[Photo: Lizz Schumer]

H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir in San Francisco created this cocktail for the 2006 Chartreuse Cocktail Competition, marrying the sweet, herbal notes of Green Chartreuse with coffee liqueur and a little cream.

  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 8 minutes
  • Total time:8 minutes


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 ounces Galliano Ristretto or other coffee liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces Green Chartreuse
  • Garnish: Pinch brown sugar (optional)


  1. 1.

    Whip cream in a bowl with a whisk until it reaches a thick consistency, but is still fluid enough to pour, about 45 seconds.

  2. 2.

    Add coffee liqueur and Chartreuse to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a small wine glass or snifter.

  3. 3.

    Top drink with whipped cream by floating it over the back of a bar spoon. Garnish with a pinch of brown sugar on top if desired.