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The world's only green liqueur

This powerful (55%) herbal liqueur made with 130 herbs and flowers by the Carthusians as an elixir for good health since the early 1600s is so famous that it gave its name to a colour.

To this day only two monks know the secret recipe. There’s also a milder yellow version of Chartreuse that’s only 40% proof. Both versions are usually drunk very cold as a digestive.

Caves de la Chartreuse

You can visit the Caves de la Chartreuse—said to be the biggest liquer cellars in the world—in Voiron.

Auvergne Rhône Alpes


Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Conseil départemental de l’Isère, Karl Gruber , Creative Commons License