Don’t you love saying chartreuse? It’s even cool to spell, and I have to admit in my younger, pre-design conscious days, I didn’t even know what chartreuse was *gasp*!
Being a blonde with hazel eyes, chartreuse is one of my favourite colours to wear – especially in the summer when I have some actual colour to my skin.
I have several tops in chartreuse, even a purse (or two), and there’s a green pair of shoes (suede shoes I might add) that if forced, I could say they are chartreuse, but in reality they are really lime green. I still love them though ….
I sat down recently with Chartreuse and had a chit-chat – here’s how it went….
dh: So, Chartreuse, what can you tell us about yourself?
Chartreuse: Well, dh, I’m actually a 500 year old herbal liqueur. I’m produced by the Carthusian order of monks in the French Alps and my ingredients are a huge secret – HUGE!
dh: I knew I liked you! Liqueur you say … well well, let’s talk about that for a minute …. what are you served with?
Chartreuse: I come in two varieties – yellow and green – and both pair well with desserts. My green self really goes well with chocolate. You can have me straight up or on the rocks and I lo-o-ove cocktail parties – some of my favourites are:
- Everybody’s Irish where I team up with whisky and creme de menthe,
- the Iguana where I party down with my Mexican pal Tequila and some fruits & veggies
- and one I think you’ll like where I add a little tang to a classic – the Chartreuse Martini – yup vodka, vermouth and me – all swirling around with some ice!
dh: Wow, I think I’m in love …. I will definitely be trying that last one! So you say your ingredients are a mystery – how so?
Chartreuse: Well, originally back in the olden days I was distilled as the “elixir of long life” and as such my ingredients were a secret. Then there was like 500 years of upheaval where the recipe was copied, hidden, sold, bought, and finally returned to the Carthusian Monks. Today there are two monks who know the ingredients and they’ve sworn a vow of secrecy... so don’t even ask!
dh: Cool … hmmm … next trip to France, there will be some time in the Alps required… So, I’m guessing the colour Chartreuse is based on the green liqueur?
Chartreuse: Yes, you’re right, but there are really two colours of chartreuse; chartreuse yellow and chartreuse green. And there are dozens of in between colours that are derived from chartreuse. From a light greeny yellow down to a darker olive green!
dh: Wow, I didn’t realize there were so many variations on the colour. So I guess those lime green suede shoes I have really are Chartreuse – sah-weet!!! Now, as a colour, what other colours do you like to hang with?
Chartreuse: Good question. Because I’m used mostly to make a bold statement colour, I go with many colours. As they say a picture tells a thousand words, here’s a few pics that should give you the idea…
dh: I see what you mean about being bold!! These are awesome interiors, but now tell us the truth, how do you hold up on the exterior?
Chartreuse: Is that a challenge? You’ll be amazed – I’m actually very present in nature from algae to moss to grasses and many many plants. Here are some examples…
Landscape design via Houzz
dh: Ughhh Algae …. our pool was that lovely shade of chartreuse a couple of years back … ick!!! So, I get it that you do nature well… but how about as exterior colour on or around a home … in the non-natural elements?
Chartreuse: Geez….It’s like you don’t believe me … I actually add a really nice pop of colour in a lot of exteriors – here… check it out…
dh: Well, I can certainly see you have all the bases covered as far as interiors and exteriors go. You are quite the versatile colour! Thank you so much for agreeing to talk with me, it’s been really great getting to know all about you – from the ancient monks to the cocktails to the algae. I’ll be looking for you as I browse through my Food and Drink magazines as well as through my home decor magazines. And I’ll salute you as I have my very first Chartreuse Martini!
Chartreuse: Thanks for having me dh, it’s been fun!
How have you used chartreuse – the colour, or the liqueur??? Share….