It’s Friday … Have a Drink: Amber Dream

It’s Friday … Have a Drink: Amber Dream
Our weekly recommendation.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, the “Martini with stuff in it” is a recurring theme in cocktails. That said, the Amber Dream is a fine example of the breed.

According to Dale DeGroff, the drink dates back to 1935, where it could be found in the BarKeeper’s Golden Book, by O. Blunier. Some people mistakenly list this as an alternate name for the Bijou, but don’t be fooled: that latter drink uses Green Chartreuse and sweet vermouth. This one uses yellow, and dry, and the proportions are significantly different.

Featuring a splash of herbal Chartreuse and a good deal more vermouth than most people take in their martinis these days, the Amber Dream is both sweet and smooth. I recommend it!

Combine all ingredients in a pint glass over ice and stir thoroughly. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with an orange twist.

This article is a modified and enhanced version of a post that ran on my nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts. Liquors in parentheses are what I used when I made this recipe, and are included as suggestions.

Christopher Buecheler is a novelist, a web developer, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer, a guitarist, a drummer, and an NBA enthusiast. He lives a semi-nomadic life with his wife and two cats, currently residing in Providence, RI. You can learn more at his website, cwbuecheler.com.

  • J. Lee Paul

    Anybody that uses Beefeater when Bombay Sapphire East is available has, quite literally, a drinking problem.

    • http://cwbuecheler.com/ Christopher Buecheler

      I have more than a dozen gins in my home bar (including both Sapphire and Beefeater). I like to vary it up. Beefeater’s a perfectly serviceable traditional London Dry. Less peppery than Sapphire, and a little warmer. If you’re going to get gin-snobby, though, my recommendation is Greenhook Ginsmiths. It’s currently my favorite gin on the planet.

    • Butch_Zee

      It’s a mixed drink. I really wouldn’t get worked up over which gin is used.