The Lighted Tree

The Lighted TreeRecipe

Photo: Thomas J. Story

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.

Serves 1


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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


Total: 8 Minutes

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.

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

Created date

November 2014

Nutritional Information

Calories 175
Caloriesfromfat 0.6 %
Protein 0.5 g
Fat 0.1 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 26 g
Fiber 1.9 g
Sodium 1.2 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg