||Drink What Our Grandparents Drank: seeking FLAMING CHARTREUSE PUNCH recipe
Joined: Dec 08, 2004
From: DC Metro Area (MD)
|Posted: 2007-02-21 6:58 pm  Permalink|
A few weeks ago on the occasion of a relative's 60th birthday, the family got together and planned a surprise party, with some various memorabilia and things brought out for the occasion. I was most intrigued by this newspaper clipping of my grandparents enjoying something called "Flaming Chartreuse Punch." They lived outside Scranton, PA, and Camelback is a ski mountain in the Poconos.
They had some kick-ass parties before I was around; my Grandfather was traditionally attired in a diaper as the baby new year every December 31, while his best friend was usually done up as Father Time. The photos are hilarious!
Just tonight as I was getting ready to post this to TC and ask if anyone had a recipe for such an intriguing drink, a revelation came to me. Some years ago, before she passed away, my Grandmother told me a story about my Grandfather skipping work mid-week one day to have a fun day in the Poconos. Much to his chagrin, though, his picture was taken by a news photographer at this event, and his photo appeared in the paper the very next day! Try explaining that to the boss after you call in sick!
Am pretty sure he did get in trouble at work. While telling me the story one day about 16 years after he'd passed on, my Grandmother handed down to me a number of shot glasses they'd gotten on that outing. They say "CHARTREUSE 1968 WINTER OLYMPICS Grenoble, France," so that at least helps place a year on the photo (there's no info on the clipping about where/when). The glasses are perhaps 2 inches tall, with a little handle on 'em. See here:
They're the same glasses my Grandmother is using in the newspaper photo that was dug out this year! It just goes to show that an interest in flaming liquor drinks appears to run in my family. Now... anyone got a recipe for Flaming Chartreuse Punch??? A Google search turns up nada.
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[ This Message was edited by: rupe33 2007-03-26 04:50 ]
Joined: May 17, 2006
From: Costa Mesa, CA
|Posted: 2007-02-21 7:29 pm  Permalink|
All I know is that I had Chartreuse once before...
and I'll just say it is an acquired taste!!!
Joined: Apr 24, 2008
From: Renton, WA
|Posted: 2008-04-28 06:04 am  Permalink|
No clue if Chartreuse, in this case, refers to this location of the Olympics (?) or to the liqueur. And yes, Chartreuse is not for everyone... But if you want a gentler introduction, either try the sweeter yellow Chartreuser, or dilute the green with a small amount of sugar water, which both sweetens it and brings out more complex flavors.
I'll have to light a measure of mine sometime and see how the flavor changes.
Joined: Jun 03, 2007
|Posted: 2008-04-28 3:12 pm  Permalink|
I actually quite like the stuff and go through phases where i drink it a lot.
A bartender once made it for me by sprinkling sugar over a lime wedge,a bit of Chartruese over it and then light it.Let the sugar caramalize and then squeeze and drop the lime into a glass of Chartruese with ice.Makes a world of difference.
It goes very well with lime.
Joined: Jan 23, 2011
From: Tampa Bay
|Posted: 2013-01-20 10:25 am  Permalink|
found this post while searching for possible cocktails for my old bottle of chartreuse.
what a great photo-- cant quite tell what the young ladies are doing- are they lighting your grandparents' drinks on fire, or filling their glasses?
i too googled this and found nothing on poconos or european ski lodge flaming punch traditions.
but, did find quite a few drinking websites that list a flaming drink under various names that is equal parts chartreuse, sambuca, and curacao. (i am out of curacao or i would give it a try myself).
Joined: Jan 23, 2011
From: Tampa Bay
|Posted: 2013-01-20 11:38 am  Permalink|
waddaya know, i found a bottle of curacao with a few ounces left.
I poured 1 oz each of green chartreuse, roman sambuca, and orange curacao into a 4 oz mixing glass, lit on fire, let the blue flames work for about 20 seconds or so, then poured into a tall skinny glass (then blew it out in the new glass). tasted very aromatic, like a rich man's jagermeister. I can totally see how this would warm somebody up at a ski chalet. it tasted a bit better as an every day drink though when i added some seltzer water.
anyhow, you oughta give this a go Rupe, whether its the accurate drink or not who's to say? I inherited my grandfather's pewter mug that commemorates his 60th birthday, no idea if he ever used it at all, but i like to make mint juleps in it for kentucky derby day, so enjoy your shot glasses, they're pretty cool.