Champs Elysees Cocktail 008 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

The Champs Elysées Cocktail is a classic cocktail that is beginning to make a comeback on more bar menus. It tucks in rather nicely with other classic cocktails such as the Sazerac, Blue Moon, Last Word, Blood & Sand and Aviation. When time is taken to measure and blend these classic cocktails correctly, they are superb!

I was pleasantly surprised to find the Champs Elysées Cocktail recently on the I.O. Speak cocktail menu at Indian Oven. It reminds me a little of a Sidecar without the obvious sugared rim. Chartreuse is an interesting diversion from the Sidecar’s usual Cointreau inclusion. I’ve altered the drink recipe below just slightly to my taste. The cocktail recipe I found calls for 1/2 ounce simple syrup and 1 dash Angostura bitters. I preferred a little less sweet and the peach bitters complemented the flavors in this cocktail perfectly in my opinion.

Champs Elysées CocktailChamps Elysees Cocktail 005 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

1-1/2 ounce Cognac

1/2 ounce Green Chartreuse

3/4 ounce Lemon Juice

1/4 ounce Simple Syrup

2 dashes Peach Bitters

Lemon Twist

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Some recipes include an optional 1/2 egg white in the drink recipe for texture. If adding egg white, include egg white with other liquids to shaker before ice. Dry shake to blend. Add ice and then shake again vigorously to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

The Champs Elysées cocktail is named after the touristy northwestern Parisian boulevard; Avenue des Champs-Elysées. This classic cocktail is an ideal cocktail to celebrate Bastille Day, July 14, or the world famous bicycle race, Le Tour de France.

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Champs Elysées Classic Cocktail
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