Greenpoint Cocktail Drink

Greenpoint

A shot of Gavin Wrigley looking to the camera in a dimly lit room
Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Andrea Ottaiano
5 from 1 vote
Making a cool drink is easy with this Greenpoint Cocktail recipe! Just gather the ingredients and mix them up for a refreshing cocktail that everyone will enjoy.

Greenpoint Cocktail Recipe

Make your own tasty Greenpoint cocktail with this easy recipe, combining rye whiskey, Yellow Chartreuse, and sweet vermouth for a refreshing and delightful sip!

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

227 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • ½ oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • ½ oz sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura orange bitters
  • Lemon twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass chilled
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes and let it sit while you prepare the cocktail.
  • Combine Ingredients: In the mixing glass, pour 1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters, 1 dash Angostura orange bitters, ½ oz sweet Vermouth, ½ oz Yellow Chartreuse, and 2 oz Rye Whiskey.
  • Stir Well: Fill your mixing glass with ice cubes and, using your bar spoon, stir the ingredients well until the mixture is properly chilled.
  • Ready Glass: Discard the ice cubes from your cocktail glass or remove it from the freezer, ensuring it's frosty.
  • Strain: Strain the mixed ingredients into your empty and chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Rub a lemon twist around the rim of the glass, twist it over the cocktail to release the oils, and drop it in.

Notes

Substitutes:

As a cocktail enthusiast, I've experimented with Greenpoint's ingredients. If you're out of rye, a good bourbon can work; it's sweeter and rounds out the herbal notes of the Chartreuse. Speaking of Yellow Chartreuse, it's unique, but St-Germain can bring in a floral sweetness in a pinch, though it will change the drink's character. As for sweet vermouth, rich, red vermouth works best, but I've swapped it with a dry version — remember, this alters the sweetness balance, so you might want to compensate with a touch of simple syrup.

Making a Pitcher of Greenpoint Cocktail:

  • Scale: To create a pitcher serving 8, you'll need 16 oz of rye whiskey, 4 oz of Yellow Chartreuse, 4 oz of sweet vermouth, 8 dashes of Orange bitters and 8 dashes of Angostura bitters.
  • Mix: Combine all these in a large pitcher over ice and stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Strain the cocktails into chilled glasses, garnish with lemon twists, and serve them up!

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rye Substitute: Go for a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative, they've come a long way and mimic the complexity of whiskey quite well.
  • Yellow Chartreuse Substitute: This is tricky. Try a non-alcoholic herbal tea syrup — think chamomile or green tea, sweetened and cooled.
  • For the others: find a non-alcoholic alternative available in the market.  
  • Proceed: Use these substitutes and follow the main instructions, keeping your taste buds as the final judge.

Making it Vegan:

Most spirits are distilled and don't contain animal products. However, some vermouths may use animal products in fining (clarifying), so check your brand's production methods if you want to be certain. As for garnishes, stick to plant-based options like the classic lemon twist. Enjoy your cruelty-free sipping!

Nutrition Facts

Calories
227
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Potassium
 
15
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Calcium
 
1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Greenpoint Cocktail Drink

Greenpoint Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
5 from 1 vote
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Make your own tasty Greenpoint cocktail with this easy recipe, combining rye whiskey, Yellow Chartreuse, and sweet vermouth for a refreshing and delightful sip!
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 227

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • ½ oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • ½ oz sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura orange bitters
  • Lemon twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass chilled
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes and let it sit while you prepare the cocktail.
  • Combine Ingredients: In the mixing glass, pour 1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters, 1 dash Angostura orange bitters, ½ oz sweet Vermouth, ½ oz Yellow Chartreuse, and 2 oz Rye Whiskey.
  • Stir Well: Fill your mixing glass with ice cubes and, using your bar spoon, stir the ingredients well until the mixture is properly chilled.
  • Ready Glass: Discard the ice cubes from your cocktail glass or remove it from the freezer, ensuring it's frosty.
  • Strain: Strain the mixed ingredients into your empty and chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Rub a lemon twist around the rim of the glass, twist it over the cocktail to release the oils, and drop it in.

Notes

Substitutes:

As a cocktail enthusiast, I've experimented with Greenpoint's ingredients. If you're out of rye, a good bourbon can work; it's sweeter and rounds out the herbal notes of the Chartreuse. Speaking of Yellow Chartreuse, it's unique, but St-Germain can bring in a floral sweetness in a pinch, though it will change the drink's character. As for sweet vermouth, rich, red vermouth works best, but I've swapped it with a dry version — remember, this alters the sweetness balance, so you might want to compensate with a touch of simple syrup.

Making a Pitcher of Greenpoint Cocktail:

  • Scale: To create a pitcher serving 8, you'll need 16 oz of rye whiskey, 4 oz of Yellow Chartreuse, 4 oz of sweet vermouth, 8 dashes of Orange bitters and 8 dashes of Angostura bitters.
  • Mix: Combine all these in a large pitcher over ice and stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Strain the cocktails into chilled glasses, garnish with lemon twists, and serve them up!

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rye Substitute: Go for a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative, they've come a long way and mimic the complexity of whiskey quite well.
  • Yellow Chartreuse Substitute: This is tricky. Try a non-alcoholic herbal tea syrup — think chamomile or green tea, sweetened and cooled.
  • For the others: find a non-alcoholic alternative available in the market.  
  • Proceed: Use these substitutes and follow the main instructions, keeping your taste buds as the final judge.

Making it Vegan:

Most spirits are distilled and don't contain animal products. However, some vermouths may use animal products in fining (clarifying), so check your brand's production methods if you want to be certain. As for garnishes, stick to plant-based options like the classic lemon twist. Enjoy your cruelty-free sipping!

What is a Greenpoint Cocktail?

A Greenpoint Cocktail combines rye whiskey with Yellow Chartreuse, sweet vermouth, and bitters. This cocktail takes its name from the historically significant neighborhood in Brooklyn, reflecting its depth and complexity. The blend of these spirited ingredients creates a rich and nuanced drink, much like the vibrant and diverse character of Greenpoint itself.

A side shot of a Greenpoint cocktail in a cocktail glass on a brown placemat surrounded by a bar spoon, a book, a jigger, two lemons, and a green cloth.

What is in a Greenpoint Cocktail – The ingredients

For the creation of a Greenpoint Cocktail, procure the following ingredients:

  • Rye whiskey: Provides a spicy, robust base that carries the cocktail’s main flavor.
  • Yellow Chartreuse: Adds a sweet and herbal note, enhancing the drink’s complexity.
  • Sweet vermouth: Contributes a rich, sweet, and slightly bitter profile, balancing the whiskey’s heat.
  • Angostura bitters: Introduces aromatic depth with subtle spice nuances, tying the flavors together.
  • Orange bitters: working alongside Angostura bitters, it features a citrusy bitterness. 
  • Lemon twist: Brightens the cocktail with a zesty edge and aromatic citrus oils.

Rye Whiskey, Yellow Chartreuse, sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, and Orange Bitters laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Greenpoint Cocktail?

Learn to craft a Greenpoint Cocktail with our step-by-step manual:

  1. Start by chilling your cocktail glass, placing it in the freezer, or filling it with ice cubes.Cocktail glass filled with ice cubes Ice cubes stirred in cocktail glass with bar spoon
  2. Pour the Angostura bitters, Orange bitters, sweet vermouth, Yellow Chartreuse, and rye whiskey into the mixing glass.Angostura Bitters added to the mixing glassOrange bitters added to the mixing glass Sweet Vermouth poured into the mixing glass with jigger Yellow chartreuse poured into the mixing glass with jigger Rye Whiskey poured into mixing glass with jigger
  3. Grab a bar spoon and stir the mixture with ice cubes well until everything is chilled and the flavors meld together.Mixing glass filled with ice cubes Mixture stirred into mixing glass with bar spoon
  4. Remove your cocktail glass from the freezer or discard the ice cubes, ensuring it’s nicely chilled.Ice cubes removed from cocktail glass
  5. Strain the cocktail mixture from the mixing glass into your cold cocktail glass, leaving the used ice behind.Mixture strained into the cocktail glass
  6. Garnish the drink by rubbing a lemon twist around the rim, twisting it over the cocktail to release the oils, and then dropping it into the glass.Lemon peel twisted over the glass Lemon twist rubbed over the rim of the glass Completed Greenpoint cocktail in a cocktail glass

Greenpoint Cocktail Bianco

A Greenpoint cocktail  Bianco is a variation of the classic Greenpoint cocktail, differing primarily in its use of Bianco vermouth instead of the traditional sweet vermouth. The substitution of Bianco vermouth lends a lighter, more floral and somewhat sweeter taste to the drink. This version still features the characteristic rye whiskey and Yellow Chartreuse, maintaining the original cocktail’s spicy and herbal notes. The Greenpoint cocktail Bianco offers a fresh take on the classic, appealing to those who prefer a milder, less bitter profile in their cocktails.

Greenpoint Cocktail with Green Chartreuse

A Greenpoint Cocktail with Green Chartreuse is a twist on the original Greenpoint, using Green Chartreuse instead of the Yellow variety. Green Chartreuse packs a more potent herbal punch and higher alcohol content than its Yellow counterpart, making this version of the Greenpoint bolder and more intense.

A side shot of a Greenpoint cocktail in a cocktail glass on a brown placemat surrounded by a bar spoon, a book, and a green cloth, with a plant behind.

Variations

Desire to check out alternative options? Consider some of our favorite recommendations:

  • Brooklyn: This adaptation replaces Yellow Chartreuse with maraschino liqueur, introducing a subtle cherry sweetness to the mix. I appreciate the light touch of cherry in this one; it adds a unique, sweet twist that’s both refreshing and delightful.
  • Red Hook: This one stands out by using Punt e Mes, a kind of vermouth, instead of Yellow Chartreuse. This change adds a deep, bitter flavor, creating a blend reminiscent of sweet vermouth and an amaro. The depth and complexity of the bitterness here really appeal to me; it’s rich and satisfyingly complex.
  • Bensonhurst: Here, maraschino liqueur takes the place of Yellow Chartreuse, and the addition of Cynar gives a drier profile with a hint of cherry. This combination offers a sophisticated, layered taste experience.
  • Carroll Gardens: A unique mix that includes Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, maraschino, and Nardini Amaro. This blend results in a rich, complex flavor profile with an intriguing herbal touch.
  • Bushwick: This one is notable for featuring Amer Picon. The inclusion of this ingredient lends a distinctively different taste to the blend, setting it apart from others.

History and Origins

The Greenpoint cocktail emerged in the early 21st century, gaining its name from the Greenpoint neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Michael McIlroy , a bartender at the famous Milk & Honey bar in Manhattan, created this drink. The cocktail’s creation was part of a larger movement to develop cocktails named after various Brooklyn neighborhoods, mirroring the earlier trend of Manhattan-themed cocktails.

The Greenpoint is a variation of the Manhattan. Still, it takes on a unique character due to the substitution of Yellow Chartreuse for some of the vermouth, adding an herbal complexity to the flavor profile. This change significantly differed from the traditional Manhattan recipe, introducing a fresh perspective to an established classic. The choice of Chartreuse also nods to the historical influences of European liqueurs on American cocktail culture.

A Greenpoint cocktail, shot from above, on a white marmol table surrounded by Rye Whiskey, Yellow Chartreuse, sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, and Orange Bitters.

FAQs

  1. How many calories are in a Greenpoint Cocktail? A standard Greenpoint Cocktail contains approximately 200 calories, depending on the specific brands of alcohol used.
  2. How strong is a Greenpoint Cocktail? The Greenpoint typically has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of around 32% and is 64-proof, considering the proportions of the ingredients.
  3. What type of alcohol is in a Greenpoint? The primary alcohol in a Greenpoint is rye whiskey, accompanied by lesser amounts of Yellow Chartreuse and sweet vermouth.
  4. What does a Greenpoint Cocktail taste like? A Greenpoint offers a complex flavor profile, combining the spicy and bold notes of rye whiskey with the sweet herbal undertones of Yellow Chartreuse and the rich warmth of sweet vermouth.
  5. What is the typical ratio of ingredients in a Greenpoint? A Greenpoint generally follows a 2:½:½ ratio, with two parts rye whiskey, half part Yellow Chartreuse and half part sweet vermouth, with the addition of bitters.
  6. How is a Greenpoint Cocktail typically served in terms of ice? It’s usually served “up” in a chilled glass without ice after being stirred with ice to reach the desired temperature and dilution.
  7. What is the traditional glass for a Greenpoint Cocktail? The Greenpoint is traditionally served in a coupe or cocktail glass, which helps concentrate the aromas and flavors.

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