The Chunnel

July 9, 2010 (Day 160) — The Chunnel

For those of you not “in the know” (oh man, I used to have a newspaper column named that), the “Chunnel” is the underwater line which connects the United Kingdom to France. Although, for my money nothing can really top Jeremy Clarkson’s “Toy Boyta” from Top Gear is the Queen’s way of crossing the English Channel.

God bless you, Top Gear. God bless you.

Anywhoodle, I’ve really been digging the St. Germain elderflower liqueur lately, so it seemed like the perfect thing to use to for a cocktail on this warm, but lovely Friday evening.

This recipe is slightly altered from The Chunnel recipe which originally appeared on I didn’t have the correct breed of lemons (Meyer lemons), so I to add the extra sweetness I used just a dash of simple syrup. Otherwise, I’m told, the cocktail is simply too sour.

The great clever part of this drink is the name itself. The chunnel connects France to England, right? Well, this drink uses St. Germain (a French liqueur) and gin (the ultimate English liquor0> Get it? The two countries are both represented!

I’m a sucker for cleverness.

The Chunnel

1 oz St. Germain

2 oz gin

Juice of one medium lemon (Meyer if oyu have it)

.5 oz simple syrup (skip this if you have the Meyer)


Lemon twist for garnish.

Combine the elderflower liqueur, gin and lemon juice in a chilled cocktail shaker and shake it like a topless bartender.

Hah. Yeah, you wish. (Photo from

Double-strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the lemon twist.

Jenn’s Take: I SAY YES! This is totally a keeper.

Mark’s Take: Very smooth. It has a great, citrus-y/floral taste. The best kind of drink — understated, but not tasteless. It’s refreshing, to be sure. Very tasty, but it’s also one classy drink to make for some sort of sophisticated dinner party.

Monocles optional.


— Mark

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