Rubicon Cocktail

Herbs can provide an amazing back drop to a cocktail. The Rubicon makes great use of rosemary and the herbal liqueur chartreuse. Both are a perfect compliment to gin and create a very refreshing libation. Oh, and don’t forget your lighter; this one needs a bit of a flambé!

1/2 oz Green Chartreuse (plus more for misting)

1 1/2 oz Plymouth Gin

1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur

1/2 oz lemon juice


arrange small rosemary wreath in the bottom of a rocks glass

add Chartreuse

shake remaining ingredients with ice and set aside

using a olive oil mister, flame misted Chartreuse into glass to ignite and “cook” rosemary briefly

to put out the flame and finish the cocktail, simply pour shaken ingredients into glass

top with crushed ice

garnish with a rosemary sprig


Max H. 8 Feb 2011
9:19 am

Very nice idea, I love rosemary pretty much.
Have you been practising the hard shake, Jamie ? ;)

Greg Patenaude 8 Feb 2011
9:51 am


This looks like a fantastic drink.  Once I get some fresh rosemary, I’ll give it a try.  A quick question regarding the mister.  I have a plastic one at home that I primarily use with absinthe for my Sazeracs.  What I was wondering is, do you use a plastic one and if so do you find that it imparts to the spirit a ‘plasticky’ taste?  I keep my absinthe in the mister and haven’t noticed this yet but maybe once it has been sitting in the mister longer?  I guess I’m wondering if a glass mister (do they even make these?) would be better.



blair frodelius 8 Feb 2011
3:29 pm


Now I know what went wrong when I first tried this a few years ago.  A blackened Rosemary Rubicon doesn’t have the same effect.  :)

I’m wondering if you could achieve the same flavor profile in let’s say, a Dale Degroff Cosmopolitan by using food grade orange oil in a mister and lighting it instead of flaming an orange peel.  Just think of the possibilties!



Larry Temple 12 Feb 2011
11:44 am

This is a great cocktail for someone to try Chartreuse for the first time.  Especially, if they love the aroma of Rosemary.  Was enjoyed by several guests.  Thank you for the concept and video instruction.

KPL 14 Feb 2011
9:39 am

Wow, that looks impressive.  I do have a question though: what kind of lighter is that and what is its fuel source?

RichardSven 14 Feb 2011
11:28 pm

Hi Jamie, this is my first post here at SmallScreenNetwork. I just had to sign in: your work is a source of constant inspiration! Please keep it up and never change!

As for my question: I have always had a slight fear for glassware and fire. Is there absolutely no possibility that the glass, heated by the flame, will shatter when I pour the ice cold drink in it?

Trevor 29 Apr 2011
6:45 pm

Just made this one with Hendricks gin.  Pretty good, except the Maraschino liqueur was just slightly overpowering, as it usually tends to be in most cocktails I use it in.  As the drink as been sitting for a little while, and the crushed ice has had a chance to melt some more, I notice the Maraschino flavor isn’t quite as pronounced.  The flaming effect is fun!

photococktail 12 Oct 2011
1:35 pm

Hope you like this pictures and the post I wrote about your Rubicon cocktail here
Again, sorry it’s only in spanish, and thanks for the inspiration

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