The Alaska Cocktail is a really easy-to-make drink. It starts with the bracing botanicals of gin and then folds in the herbal complexities of Yellow Chartreuse. A dash of bitters rounds it out into a well-balanced, potent cocktail.
The Alaska Cocktail first appeared in 1930 in the Savoy Cocktail Book. It doesn’t get much play these days, which is a shame. Change that by mixing one up for yourself. A London Dry style gin, like Beefeater, works well here as it complements the sweetness of Yellow Chartreuse. It’s a good option for imbibing before dinner, and is a fine alternative when looking outside the classic Martini.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce Yellow Chartreuse
1 dash orange bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice until cold, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.