Station House Cafe’s earthy, refreshing take on a classic cocktail.
Jen Warren, bartender at Station House Cafe in Point Reyes Station, is muddling simple syrup, fresh mint and lime. “This brings out the flavors,” she explains.
As she’s speaking, the bright, sunny aromas of mint and lime wash over us, evoking memories of tropical vacations and long summer nights.
“This is a perfect Spring and Summer cocktail. It’s refreshing, and the Chartreuse, which is a herbal liqueur, gives it an earthy quality.”
She gets the mint fresh from the Station House Cafe garden. The simple syrup is made in house.
Station House Cafe’s Chartreuse Mojito
Muddle together fresh lime, mint and simple syrup to release flavors
Finish with soda water and stir
The name mojito is said to derive from the West African word mojo, meaning to cast a spell.
If so, it’s entirely apt. Replacing the traditional rum with Chartreuse elevates this cocktail, adding spice and vegetal notes, and a hint of sophistication.
Chartreuse is made with a variety of herbs, such as lemon verbena, lemon balm, fennel, angelica, sage, scented geranium, lemongrass, thyme, chamomile. The spicy notes come from star anise, cloves, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon and saffron.