Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | October 25, 2010

Chartreuse Swizzle

This is my first experiment with posting instructional cocktail videos. I’m doing a project next month where I’ll be travel blogging and I wanted to see how well my iPhone 3G worked as a video camera. The lighting on this is pretty awful and my dryer buzzes in the middle of it. You can probably tell I’m not that comfortable on camera and wasn’t working off of a script, so it’s pretty raw.

I recently got an authentic Swizzle Stick from Cocktail Kingdom. Swizzle Sticks are natural wood branches that grow with prongs perfect for cocktail mixing. They are very hard to find and until recently were not available for sale online. Mine isn’t quite straight or smooth, but that’s what happens when the tool comes from nature and not a machine press.

I got the recipe for this Chartreuse Swizzle from Tiare at A Mountain of Crushed Ice.

Chartreuse Swizzle

1 oz Green Chartreuse
1 oz White Rum (Flor de Cana 4)
1 1/2 oz Pineapple juice
1 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz Falernum
2 dash Angostura Bitters
Float Smith & Cross

Add ingredients to a suitable glass full of crushed ice. Swizzle to mix, float Smith & Cross and garnish with plenty of fresh mint, and add straw.



  1. Matt, I am envious of your new natural swizzle stick. I just received my Naranja tins from Cocktail Kingdom and decided to forego the swizzle stick because I am traveling to the caribbean in month. I am hoping to score a few sticks down there. Anyway, I recently posted about the CS how to make a swizzle stick out of bamboo skewers and a chopstick! It works, but I can’t wait to get my hands on the real thing.

    • My Naranja weighted tins are my favorite. Really stellar product, so not such a bad choice on your end.

      I don’t know how many Swizzle Sticks Greg has available to him, but good luck finding them on your own.

  2. LOVE the cartreuse swizzle! i think i sort of got addicted to it this summer in Nola.

    • Yeah it’s such a great cocktail. Really a lot of fun. And I love this recipe of it.

  3. Forgot to say that i got really thirsty watching that video! i need to swizzle up one next weekend!


  4. You can find the original recipe for the Chartreuse Swizzle here:

    It’s worth seeking out John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum. It’s much better than Fee’s.



  5. Or you make your own!;-)

    • I agree with you, Tiare, about making falernum. In all “falairness” though, I have not tried John D. Taylor’s, since my own has lasted me for a long time. I suppose I need to try a commercial brand to compare, but it’s really not that hard to make, so don’t let the falernum get between you and your swizzle!

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