Chartreuse Spritz Cocktail Recipe

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Chartreuse Spritz Nutrition Facts

Calories:approx. 150



Carbohydrates:approx. 11g

Alcohol:approx. 10%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Chartreuse Spritz is a modern twist on the classic spritz cocktail. Traditionally, a spritz is an Italian wine-based cocktail, commonly served as an aperitif. This particular variation incorporates Chartreuse, a French herbal liqueur known for its complex flavor and history dating back to the 1600s, when it was produced by Carthusian monks.

  • Origins: The spritz has its roots in the Veneto region of Italy, where it was originally made with white wine and sparkling water.
  • Evolution: The addition of a bitter liqueur, such as Aperol or Campari, gave rise to the popular Aperol Spritz.
  • Modern Twist: The Chartreuse Spritz brings a herbaceous depth to the light and bubbly nature of the spritz, making it a favorite among those who appreciate botanical flavors.

How Chartreuse Spritz Tastes?

The Chartreuse Spritz offers a refreshing and effervescent experience with a unique herbal complexity. The taste profile includes:

  • Herbaceous: The green Chartreuse provides a distinct blend of 130 herbs and plants.
  • Citrusy: Fresh lemon juice adds a bright, tangy note.
  • Bubbly: Prosecco brings a crisp effervescence that lightens the drink.
  • Bitter-Sweet: The combination of the herbal liqueur and the prosecco creates a balanced bitter-sweet symphony.

Interesting facts about Chartreuse Spritz

  • Monastic Origins: Chartreuse is one of the few liquors in the world with a recipe developed by monks.
  • Colorful History: The color chartreuse is actually named after the liqueur.
  • Versatile Ingredient: Chartreuse can be enjoyed neat, with ice, or in a variety of cocktails, making it a favorite among mixologists.


  • Green chartreuse: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Lemon juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Prosecco: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Soda water: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Ice cubes: As needed
  • Lemon wheel: 1 slice for garnish

Green Chartreuse

Green Chartreuse is the star of this show, adding a unique herbal complexity that's hard to replicate. Its blend of 130 herbs gives a burst of earthy, floral, and sweet spice notes. At 0.5 oz, it imparts flavor without overpowering; any more, and it could dominate, any less, and you’d miss the magic touch.

Alex Green

Lemon Juice

Fresh lemon juice, also at 0.5 oz, brings brightness and acidity, which cuts through the sweet and herbal elements, providing balance. Like a culinary tightrope walker, it ensures the drink doesn't fall to one side of the flavor spectrum. No lemon? Try lime juice; your drink will be a tad sharper, but still within the harmonious circus of flavors.

Emma Rose


We pop in 2 oz of Prosecco for a reason – it’s bubbly, it’s light, it lifts the drink both in spirit and taste without leading to a tipsy tumble too fast. Less, and you lack fizz; more, and you mute the Chartreuse and lemon's song.

Mary Mitkina

Soda Water

Adding 1 oz of soda water continues the effervescent escapade without adding sweetness. It gives room for all the flavors to dance without stepping on each other's toes.

Alex Green

Ice Cubes

Ice keeps the party cool without watering it down – as long as it's not a marathonic event. Use too few and the drink warms, spoiling the crispness; too many, and you’ll drown the flavors in a chilly flood.

Emma Rose

Lemon Wheel

A slice for garnish is not just for looks. It’s an aromatic invitation to sip and an edible reminder after the finale that there was lemon in the mix, neatly tying the spritz experience with a zesty ribbon.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Chartreuse Spritz Drink

  1. Fill a wine glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the green Chartreuse and lemon juice.
  3. Add the Prosecco and top with soda water.
  4. Gently stir to combine.
  5. Garnish with a wheel of lemon on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • Chill Your Glass: Serving the spritz in a chilled glass will enhance the refreshing experience.
  • Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality Prosecco and fresh lemon juice to ensure the best flavor.
  • Gentle Stir: Stir the cocktail gently after adding soda to preserve the bubbles.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Seafood: A Chartreuse Spritz with its herbal and citrus notes partners beautifully with light seafood dishes, such as grilled shrimp or seared scallops. The effervescence of the Prosecco cuts through the richness of the seafood while the Chartreuse offers a herbaceous complement.
  • Cheese Platters: The aromatic complexity of Green Chartreuse harmonizes with a variety of cheeses. Try it with creamy goat cheese, tangy blue cheese, or a sharp aged cheddar. Each sip contrasts or complements different textures and flavors.
  • Salads: The fresh and crisp elements of a Chartreuse Spritz work well with green salads dressed with vinaigrette, complementing the acidic dressing with its own zestiness.
  • Light Pastries: The effervescent quality and the subtle sweetness of the drink balance nicely with buttery pastries, whether savory like a quiche or sweet like a fruit tart.

Drink Pairings

  • Cool Water: Sometimes simplicity is key. Alternating sips between the cocktail and cool, refreshing water can cleanse the palate and enhance the drink's intricate flavors.
  • Non-Alcoholic Herbal Teas: For a non-alcoholic pairing, herbal teas can echo the botanicals in the Green Chartreuse. A warm, minty or chamomile tea might be particularly suitable.

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What you could change in Chartreuse Spritz

  • Green Chartreuse: If unavailable, try using another herbal liqueur like Strega or an elderflower liqueur for a sweeter profile.
  • Prosecco: Any dry sparkling wine can be used as a substitute.
  • Lemon Juice: In a pinch, lime juice or a splash of another citrus juice could work.

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And of course - twists🍹

Classic Spritz Twist

  • Ingredients: 0.5 oz Green Chartreuse, 0.5 oz Aperol, 2 oz Prosecco, 1 oz Soda Water, Ice Cubes, Orange Slice
  • Recipe: Use Aperol in place of lemon juice for a play on both color and flavor. The bitterness of Aperol will add a different dimension paired with the Garden of Eden complexity of Chartreuse.
  • Taste: Expect a slightly sweet, herbal, and bitter combo that begs for a sunset to accompany it.

Berry Chartreuse Spritz

  • Ingredients: 0.25 oz Green Chartreuse, 0.25 oz Raspberry Liqueur, 0.5 oz Lemon Juice, 2 oz Prosecco, 1 oz Soda Water, Ice Cubes, Fresh Raspberries
  • Recipe: Introduces raspberry liqueur for a berry twist. Halving the Chartreuse maintains balance while welcoming a new fruity guest.
  • Taste: The sweet tartness of raspberries makes this twist a berrylicious herby treat.

Spicy Chartreuse Spritz

  • Ingredients: 0.5 oz Green Chartreuse, 0.5 oz Lemon Juice, 2 oz Spicy Ginger Beer, 1 oz Prosecco, Ice Cubes, Lemon Wedge
  • Recipe: Swap out regular soda water for spicy ginger beer and reduce Prosecco to introduce a fiery twist.
  • Taste: Effervescently spicy with an herbal-citrus kick, it's a flavor fiesta that refreshes the senses.

In case you forgot basics how to make Chartreuse Spritz

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Chartreuse Spritz

What type of glass is best for serving a Chartreuse Spritz?

A wine glass is most commonly used for spritzes, but you can also serve it in a Collins or a highball glass for a taller serving.

Can I make a Chartreuse Spritz ahead of time?

It's best to make a Chartreuse Spritz fresh due to the bubbles from Prosecco and soda water. Pre-mixing may result in a loss of effervescence.

Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for Prosecco in a Chartreuse Spritz?

While it would change the character of the drink, non-alcoholic sparkling wine or sparkling grape juice can be used as a substitute.

How should I store Green Chartreuse after opening?

Green Chartreuse should be stored upright in a cool, dark place. It does not need to be refrigerated but should be kept away from direct sunlight.

What are some common bar tools needed to make a Chartreuse Spritz?

To make a Chartreuse Spritz, you will need a jigger for measuring, a bar spoon for stirring, and a wine glass for serving.

Can the lemon wheel garnish be replaced with other fruits?

While the lemon wheel is classic, you can also garnish with a sprig of fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme to complement the herbal notes of Chartreuse.

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