Lumiere Cocktail Recipe

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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 Lumiere cocktail is a relatively modern creation, known for its sophisticated blend of herbal and floral notes. It's a favorite among those who appreciate complex, artisanal cocktails.

  • Origins: The exact origins of the Lumiere are not well-documented, but it's a product of the craft cocktail movement.
  • Popularity: It has gained popularity in upscale bars and among cocktail enthusiasts.
  • Audience: The Lumiere is particularly beloved by those who enjoy gin-based cocktails and the unique taste of green Chartreuse.

How Lumiere Tastes?

The Lumiere cocktail offers a harmonious balance of flavors. It's herbaceous and floral, with a bright citrus tang from the lime juice and a subtle sweetness from the St Germain. The green Chartreuse provides a complex, spicy undertone, and the gin's botanicals shine through, making it a refreshing yet potent drink.

Interesting facts about Lumiere

  • The name 'Lumiere' can be associated with light, suggesting the cocktail's bright and vibrant nature.
  • Green Chartreuse is one of the few liqueurs that continues to be made by monks, adding to the cocktail's mystique.
  • St Germain, made from elderflower, is a popular liqueur in craft cocktails for its ability to add a floral sweetness without overpowering other ingredients.


A few good options for Lumiere are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

Learn everything on which Gin to choose


  • Gin is the backbone of the cocktail, providing a clean canvas for the other flavors. 1.5oz is just enough to establish a strong base without overpowering the other ingredients. Without it, you'd lose the kick and boozy harmony. Opt for a floral gin to accentuate the elderflower and herbal notes.

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St Germain Elderflower Liqueur

  • A 1oz pour gives a sweet and floral note, bridging the gap between gin and the bolder Green Chartreuse. Too much and you'll be in a sugar rush, too little and the magic fades away. It’s the fairy dust of our cocktail world!

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Green Chartreuse

  • At 0.75oz, this potent herbal liqueur adds complexity and a hint of spiciness. It can easily overpower, so we tread lightly. Leave it out, and you'll miss the woodland whispers in your glass. If you can't find it, a dash of a herbal bitters could give a faint echo of the intended profile.

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Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

  • A tart balance to the sweet and herbals, 0.75oz adds just the right amount of pucker-up. Too much lime, and you'll be making a face; too little, and the drink falls flat. It's the zesty kick that brings it all to life!

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Orange Bitters

  • A dash, just a whisper, provides a subtle citrus depth. It's like that pinch of salt in a recipe that you can't quite pinpoint but would miss if it was gone. Go without, and the drink loses a layer of complexity. But if oranges aren’t your thing, a dash of Angostura bitters can add a similar mysterious nuance.

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Recipe. How to make Lumiere Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the gin, St Germain, green Chartreuse, lime juice, and orange bitters.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  5. Garnish with a lime twist.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the coupe glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold longer.
  • Be careful with the amount of orange bitters; a little goes a long way.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Plate: The herbal notes in the Lumiere will go great with creamy cheeses like Brie or goat cheese.
  • Seafood: Try pairing the cocktail with oysters or shrimp to complement the citrus and floral notes.
  • Savory Tarts: A leek and mushroom tart can balance the slight sweetness and herby complexity of the drink.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: The char on grilled chicken will contrast nicely with the bright and floral notes of the Lumiere.
  • Pasta Primavera: Fresh veggies and a light sauce won't overpower the delicate flavors of the Lumiere cocktail.


  • Lemon Tart: The zesty lemon will mirror the lime juice in the cocktail.
  • Almond Cake: The nutty flavors will complement the Green Chartreuse's herbal quality.

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What you could change in Lumiere

  • If you don't have St Germain, you can use another elderflower liqueur as a substitute.
  • For a less potent version, you can reduce the amount of green Chartreuse.
  • No orange bitters? Try using Angostura bitters for a different twist.

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Lumiere Rosé

  • Ingredients: Gin (1.5oz), St Germain Elderflower Liqueur (1oz), Aperol (0.75oz), Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice (0.75oz), Grapefruit Bitters (Dash)
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, substituting Green Chartreuse with Aperol and orange bitters with grapefruit bitters. This variation is a bit sweeter and fruitier, with a hint of bitterness from Aperol, enhancing the cocktail with a blush hue and a more approachable flavor profile for those who might find Green Chartreuse a bit too intense.

Smoky Lumiere

  • Ingredients: Mezcal (1oz), Gin (0.5oz), St Germain (1oz), Green Chartreuse (0.75oz), Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice (0.75oz), Chocolate Bitters (Dash)
  • Recipe: Use Mezcal instead of gin, and chocolate bitters in place of orange bitters. This twist adds a smoky depth to the Lumiere cocktail, accentuating the herbal notes and adding a chocolatey undertone that could intrigue the adventurous imbiber.

Spiced Lumiere

  • Ingredients: Gin (1.5oz), St Germain (1oz), Yellow Chartreuse (0.75oz), Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice (0.75oz), Ginger Bitters (Dash)
  • Recipe: Trade Green Chartreuse for Yellow Chartreuse and orange bitters for ginger bitters. Yellow Chartreuse is a bit milder and sweeter than its green cousin, with ginger bitters adding a warm spice. This twist brings a soothing warmth and could offer a comforting embrace on a chilly evening.

In case you forgot basics how to make Lumiere

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

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 Lumiere

How can I tell if my gin is of good quality for making a Lumiere cocktail?

A good quality gin should have a clear appearance, a harmonious botanical aroma without any off odors, and a smooth taste with no harshness on the palate. Choosing a premium brand or artisanal small-batch gin can enhance the flavors of your Lumiere cocktail.

What type of glass is best to serve a Lumiere in?

The Lumiere cocktail is best served in a chilled coupe glass to maintain its temperature and present its delicate aromas and flavors. The wide bowl of the coupe also allows for an elegant garnish placement.

Can I make a batch of Lumiere cocktails in advance?

While you can pre-mix the ingredients without the ice, it's best to shake each cocktail with fresh ice just before serving to ensure the proper dilution and temperature for optimal taste.

What is the significance of shaking the cocktail as opposed to stirring?

Shaking a cocktail like the Lumiere vigorously mixes the ingredients, chills and aerates the mixture, providing a slightly frothy texture, which is ideal for drinks with citrus or other fresh ingredients.

Are there any special occasions for which the Lumiere cocktail is particularly suited?

The Lumiere cocktail, with its sophisticated and complex flavor profile, is perfect for cocktail parties, celebratory toasts, or as an elegant aperitif at upscale gatherings.

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