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Elixir Vegetal (Chartreuse revisited)

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  • waljaco
    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 !
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 2, 2007
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      '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.

      Elixir Vegetal

      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.

      wal
      see also msg 39206
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