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!
- 2 oz. Gin (Beefeater)
- 1 oz. Dry Vermouth (Martini)
- .25 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
- Dash Orange Bitters (Fee Brothers)
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.