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The Lighted Tree

Photo: Thomas J. Story

Total time 8 mins

Serves 1

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.


  • 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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.