#DOTW: Charlie Parker

Every Saturday like clockwork I present to you a new cocktail recipe to keep your weekends fun, your parties different, and your sanity intact. I make sure I go across the spectrum of liquors to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds and preferences. Maybe it’s time to show you what I indulge in when I’m out and about? Yes, maybe. Just recently I had lunch in one of my favorite restaurants in New York, The Red Rooster on 125th Street and Lenox Avenue. One of the cocktails I had that afternoon was the Charlie Parker (yes, there were more than one). It was tart and delicious, and you should know that Chef Marcus Samuelsson and his team grow their own garnishes in a little aquarium looking contraption, so ultimate freshness is always the case. This drink was originated by Miss Charlete Sales of the Red Rooster, and if you can’t make it yourself, do stop by and order one at the bar!

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 oz Gin (or Silver Tequila)
  • 1/2 oz Chartreuse
  • 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1/4 oz Creme de Cassis

Combine all ingredients, expect the Creme de Cassis, in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Strain into an ice filled cocktail glasss. Drizzle Creme de Cassis on top. Garnish with Thai Basil.


Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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