Some cocktails come seemingly out of nowhere.
Our barman, Chris Stanley, and I were working on some punch recipes (more on that in a moment), when we came across a rather curious combination.
We have Cointreau, in which we put up peaches last summer. It's delicious but very intensely fruity.
We added Chartreuse, because the herbal character tends to compliment fruity things.
We then added some Irish whiskey because we needed to man the whole thing up a bit.
It was lovely and really, really interesting but still a bit intense with fruit and herbs. For some reason, it reminded us both of a really intense hot chocolate.
Now I know this will strain credulity but we finished the drink with a float of lightly whipped cream. That's right, a small float of cream on the cocktail.
I've not lost my mind. It's delicious! It is also really cool looking. I've dubbed it The Silent Storm, for the Carthusian monks (makers of Chartreuese who live under a vow of silence) and the lightly whipped cream that floats like cloud cover in a Chartreuese-inflected sky.