Orange zest twist
How to make:
STIR all the ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.
|1 1/2 fl oz||Old Tom gin|
|3/4 fl oz||Yellow Chartreuse liqueur|
|1 dash||Orange Bitters by Angostura|
|1/3 fl oz||Chilled water (omit if using wet ice)|
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Made with an Old Tom gin with amplified botanicals and minimal sugar (some are way too sweet) this is a spiritous and, if you hit the right dilution, tasty and complex cocktail.
Adapted from a recipe in Jacques Straub's 1914 book Drinks. The proportions are exactly as per his recipe but Straub calls for his Alaska to be shaken rather than stirred.
Alaska Cocktail.Jacques Straub, 1914
1 dash orange bitters.
1/3 jigger yellow chartreuse.
2/3 jigger Tom gin. Shake.
Conjecture suggests this cocktail is so named due to its golden colour referencing the Alaska Gold Rush which was big news around the time of its creation. This gold rush, in the Klondike region of the Yukon in Canada, started in 1896.
By the summer of 1899 many of the prospectors left the Klondike for an area around Nome in west Alaska following the discovery of gold there. Interestingly, the Nome Cocktail is a variation on the Alaska and is mentioned in the Alaska Cocktail entry in David Embury's 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.
ALASKADavid Embury, 1948
1 part Yellow Chartreuse
5 to 7 parts Gin
Stir. A twist of lemon over each drink. Note that this is merely a Dry Martini with Chartreuse in place of vermouth. Because of the sweetness of the Chartreuse, a larger proportion of gin may be used than with the Dry Martini.
This is also sometimes called the Oriental. It can be greatly improved by using less Chartreuse and adding 1 to 2 parts dry sherry. This is the Nome.
One serving of Alaska (Straub's 1914 recipe) contains 174 calories.