Chas Cocktail

A good bartender inspires patrons with their creativity, skill and service behind the bar. Watching a master at work can do that. It is rare, however, when a patron inspires a bartender. Thus was the case with the Chas Cocktail created by Murray Stenson at Zig Zag Café in Seattle and named after Chuck Talbot, a regular at the bar with a love for Bourbon.


2 1/2 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon

1/4 oz Amaretto

1/4 oz Benedictine

1/4 oz Cointreau

1/4 oz Orange Curaçao


Stir with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass.


Vincent 8 Mar 2011
10:18 am

This is a great and flavorful cocktail. Every sip is a little different depending on what your focus is on. I used Bulleit Bourbon this time as it was the only one I had handy, but I presume a different Bourbon will give the drink a different twist.

Now I have a question that you may have had before. Up here in Ontario, Canada, Orange Curaçao is nowhere to be found. We have the blue stuff, which I stay away from, but that’s it. What could be a good substitute for it? I guess Cointreau would do a decent job, but when both Orance Curaçao and Cointreau are used like in the of this drink, it changes the flavor mosaic a fair deal. I’ve used Grand Marnier this time, but ideally I’d like something a little cheaper. :)

Robert Hess 8 Mar 2011
11:34 am

Glad you are enjoying the drink, and too bad you can’t get Orange Curacao up on Ontario… that’s just wrong!

Technically, the difference between Orange Curacao and Triple Sec, is that Triple sec uses NGS (Neutral Grain Spirit) as its base, and Orange Curacao uses brandy or wine spirit. And OC can also sometimes include some other flavor enhancers as well. However these days, these differences can sometimes be more academic than actual. Many OCs have an NGS base, and are just orange, sugar spirit, and so have little differentiating them from triple sec.

So a good quality triple sec can be an easy replacement here. You may find more difference between two different OC’s then you might between an OC and a TS.


Vincent 18 Mar 2011
6:44 am

Well, we have a province run liquor board here similar to Washington state as I understand it so the decisions that come out of there are sometimes a little out of wack. Much like the decision to stop selling Benedictine, but keeping B&B in Washington state.

Zakhia 27 Dec 2013
11:41 am

Am getting tired of buying products which are inferior, did that with Bols triple sec only to find contrieau was far superior now am stuck with large bottle of triple sec which I do not know what do with (maybe bake a cake with) so do I need to get an orange curacao if I have Grand Manier?

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