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The Puritan Cocktail

The Puritan Cocktail

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1 3/4 to 2 ounces dry gin, such as Beefeater, or herbaceous gin, such as St. George Botanivore
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1/4 ounce yellow Chartreuse
Dash lemon thyme bitters
Ice cubes
Sprig of lemon thyme, for garnish


Chill a small coupe or Nick and Nora glass. 

Combine the gin, vermouth, Chartreuse and bitters in a mixing glass. Add ice cubes to fill the glass and stir the drink until cold. Strain the drink into the chilled glass.

Spank the sprig of lemon thyme by placing the herb on the palm of one hand and quickly smacking it with the other to release the essential oils. Garnish cocktail with the thyme. Serve immediately.

Photo Credit: Beth McKibben

About the recipe

To use the lemon thyme bitters, try this variation on the martini cocktail called The Puritan. It dates back to around the very end of the 19th century when dry gin was making a huge impact on American cocktail culture, and it first appeared in print around 1900.

The Puritan usually calls for orange bitters, but using lemon thyme bitters brings a bit of an herbaceous, slightly savory edge to it that lets the gin shine and rounds out the sweetness of the yellow Chartreuse. You can swap out yellow Chartreuse for the much boozier and much more herbal green Chartreuse if you’d prefer, but you will need to increase the dry vermouth to 3/4 ounce.