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Chareau – an Aloe Liquor with Notes of Muskmelon

February 6, 2018

I didn’t quite understand what it meant to fall in love with a liquor until I found Chareau. Being a home bartender, I have an embarrassing amount of bottles of alcohol at my house. But even with the extensive collection I have, I view each of my base spirits as an ingredient, not a finished product. Luxardo maraschino liquor is too sweet, and in no situation will I sip it in a glass. A whiskey neat has always triggered a gag reflex. Absinthe? Keep that away from me, unless it’s sprayed from two feet away.

But Chareau, a refreshingly fruity liqueur made with aloe vera, cucumber, eau de vie, lemon peel, and muskmelon is something I can enjoy on its own. Yes, I know that alcohol is far from healthy, but sipping this makes me feel as if I’m drinking a fresh pressed juice from Whole Foods. Each of the ingredients are sourced from farms in California, and every batch is craft distilled with care and it shows. It’s amazing how much freshness they were able to capture in one bottle.

To celebrate this little crush I’ve developed on this liqueur, I’ve created two cocktail recipes that bring out the delicate floral notes of Chareau very well. The first one is a gin based drink with lots of honey notes. I chose gin because it’s the most versatile base when you want the main focus to be on a different ingredient (in this case, Chareau). The subtle sweetness of the honey syrup pairs well with the other natural fruit flavors, and the sage adds an earthy scent to it all. The second one is a tequila based drink with orgeat. The orgeat adds a savory depth to the drink, and the orange in the Grand Marnier complements the muskmelon notes.┬áIt’s important to choose a smooth blanco tequila to prevent the bite from ruining the beautiful flavor of Chareau. It’s not a widely known liqueur but if you can find it, don’t hesitate to get it.

(I am not affiliated with Chareau nor was I paid to write this review. I’m just that obsessed with this stuff)



Honey and Aloe Gin Cocktail

  • 1 oz St. George Botanivore gin
  • 1 oz Chareau
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • 1/4 oz honey syrup (2:1 honey and water, dissolved)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a sage leaf.



Aloe and tequila cocktail

  • 1 oz tequila blanco
  • 1/2 oz Chareau
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz orgeat

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into a chilled coupe.

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