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.

Recipe Facts



Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 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. 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.