Photo: Thomas J. Story

YieldsServes 1Total Time8 mins
AuthorKristin Leong, Seattle, Washington

Reader and teacher Kristin Leong of Seattle came up with this drink during her bartending days. "The taste is bright and lush, like a forest lit with Christmas lights." If you want a stronger pine taste, add a drop or two of pine liqueur--but it's delightful just as it is.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Put pine needles in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, pound until very fragrant. Add lemon slices and a handful of ice. Finely crush, cupping cocktail shaker with hand to keep ice from flying. Add Chartreuse, cover, and shake vigorously about 30 seconds.

Step 2
2

Fill a rocks glass with ice. Strain cocktail into glass, top with sparkling water, and garnish with pine sprig.

Ingredients

 1 generous handful fresh, tender pine or fir needles, plus a small sprig
 3 lemon slices
 2 ounces Chartreuse liqueur
  About 1/4 cup sparkling water

Directions

Step 1
1

Put pine needles in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, pound until very fragrant. Add lemon slices and a handful of ice. Finely crush, cupping cocktail shaker with hand to keep ice from flying. Add Chartreuse, cover, and shake vigorously about 30 seconds.

Step 2
2

Fill a rocks glass with ice. Strain cocktail into glass, top with sparkling water, and garnish with pine sprig.

The Lighted Tree