Fin du Saison


Thanks to basil leaves and Chartreuse, the Fin du Saison from Craigie on Main is an incredibly green cocktail. We actually struggled to choose an appropriate garnish for this extrovert drink, and finally decided on just a simple dried orange wheel.

We were a bit surprised of the unique flavour of this cocktail when we took the first sip. Seeing that green color, knowing there is Chartreuse in it, you are kind of expecting the taste of The Last Word. But no, this one tastes completely different. The combination of basil and Chartreuse together with sparkling wine make this cocktail taste very earthy, herbal and dry. It’s actually quite hard to describe the taste in words, but it’s truly enjoyable. If you are open to the idea of a rather unique tasting cocktail, then promise to try this one!

Fin du Saison

4 slices cucumber
8 basil leaves
1 pinch salt
1 oz Cocchi Americano
0,5 oz green Chartreuse
0,5 oz lemon juice
0,25 oz Grand Marnier
dry sparkling wine
Muddle the cucumber, basil and salt. Add all other ingredients but the wine and shake with ice. Strain and pour and top up with sparkling wine.

The recipe for this cocktail we found in Frederic Yarm’s book Drink & Tell.



  1. For the love of all things holy, could you please, pretty please, at least try to find a French-speaking person to verify the name of your French-sounding cocktails? Is it really that hard?

    The name in proper French would be “Fin de saison” (end of season).

    You’re welcome. See, note that hard.

    1. Thanks for you feedback. We didn’t name the cocktail it´s from Frederic Yarms book Drink & Tell. Have a great day!

      1. Yeah, I figured there was a better than average chance that would be the case as it happens about 50% of the time with cocktails with French names.

        Mine was general comment, not so much a personal one. Hopefully at some point people who go through the trouble of developing a winning recipe will do the extra legwork of ensuring that the name of their cocktail is spelled and or translated correctly.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This