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The Lighted Tree

Serves 1

Total Time
8 mins

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.

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Photo: Thomas J. Story

 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
Step 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

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

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 175Calories from Fat 0.6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.1g1%

Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 1.2mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 26g9%

Dietary Fiber 1.9g8%
Protein 0.5g1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.