Elixir Vegetal (Chartreuse revisited)
- 'Chartreuse' was originally an 'Elixir de longue vie' and is now a
71%abv 'Elixir Vegetal' as it is difficult to support the claim to a
'Elixir of Long Life'! The recipe is based on a 1605 manuscript. Green
and Yellow Chartreuse are liqueur strength variants.
Based on historical sources this is an initial interpretation of the
recipe which is for 1 litre, as herbs and spices are expensive.
Approx. 200g of some 130 botanicals for 4 litres of wine or 1 litre
neutral alcohol (55%abv) e.g. -
up to 80 herbs and flowers (approx. 50g)
up to 14 seed types (approx.30g)
up to 10 spices (approx. 40g)
up to 20 root types (approx. 60g)
up to 6 resins (approx. 20g)
Macerate crushed botanicals for 2 weeks and distil. Dilute to 71%abv.
Green Elixir Vegetal
Dilute to 55%abv, color with spinach leaves and add sugar or mild
honey to taste.
Yellow Elixir Vegetal
Dilute to 40%abv, color with saffron and add sugar or mild honey to taste.
see also msg 39206