In the battle between what’s old and new, the bartenders at



Tarpy’s Roadhouse would like to Call A Treuse.

That’s the name of a cocktail that pits an ancient liqueur – Chartreuse – against a newcomer from California called Chareau. The latter is a relative lightweight, a softie crafted from aloe vera, eau de vie, cucumber, muskmelon and lemon peel. Green Chartreuse, on the other hand, is a severe spirit, its secrets closely guarded by Carthusian Monks, who grind something like 130 botanicals to make the stuff.

Taste 09.05.19

In cocktail form, cool, sweet cucumber cushions the hard, anise-tinted cudgel of Chartreuse. A lilting scent of fresh mint lends a breezy aspect while a cloud of foamed egg white forms an airy pillow. So the sip becomes something easy and refreshing, with a bright herbaceousness over a dense, earthy foundation.

Rather than grappling, the two distinct liqueurs bring opposing sides – bold, pungent flavors on one side; intricate, almost floral on the other – into one pleasant conversation.

In this battle, at least, we are the winners. If only it was so easy to call a truce in other realms.

TARPY’S ROADHOUSE, 2999 Highway 68, Monterey. 647-1444, tarpys.com

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