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Unveil Top 5 Substitutes for Yellow Chartreuse in Cocktails

Are you curious about Yellow Chartreuse, but have no idea how to use it or which ingredients are the best substitutes?

The bright yellow herbal liqueur has been popular since the 1700s and is common in some cocktail recipes.

If you’ve never had it before, there are a few simple ways to incorporate Yellow Chartreuse into your drinks, including using its flavor notes for compounding spirits and adding a little sweetness.

If the unique flavor of Yellow Chartreuse does not tickle your fancy, there are five alternatives that capture similar taste profiles ranging from Amaretto to whiskey-based cocktails.

Read on to learn more and give your drinks a hit of sweetness with one of these perfect substitutions.

The 5 BEST Substitutes for Yellow Chartreuse

But for those who are completely unfamiliar with its taste, or for those who don’t have easy access to Yellow Chartreuse, what are the best substitutes? We’ve rounded up the five best substitutes for Yellow Chartreuse below to make your mixing experience easy, exciting and always delicious:

1 – Strega

Produced in Benevento, Italy, Strega is a yellow-hued herbal liqueur composed with a blend of dozens of different herbs and spices.

Founded in 1860 by Lodovico Branca and Guido Maria, Strega has been made following the same recipe for centuries and continues to be produced to this day.

It has a unique flavor that can be described as sweet and herbal with hints of anise, mint, cinnamon, saffron, thyme, oregano and juniper berries.

For the best results in cocktail applications where Yellow Chartreuse would be called for, you may want to choose Strega instead.

Pour it over ice or use it in place of other liqueurs including Triple Sec or Grand Marnier.

2 – Genepy

Genepy is an herbal liqueur that hails from the Italian mountains near Monte Rosa and the Swiss Alps.

It’s made from a combination of over 20 native Alpine herbs that have been macerated in alcohol to extract the unique flavors.

The most commonly used herbs are alpine mint, St.

John’s wort, valerian root, and gentian root.

It has a slightly sweet taste at first with a lingering bitterness on your palate.

The herbal flavors can be compared to Green Chartreuse but without much of the sharpness or heat of alcohol.

Genepy offers a more subtle herbal flavor that is great for lower ABVs mixed drinks such as spritzers and sangrias or for cocktails such as margaritas and Bloody Marys.

3 – Glayva

Glayva is another liqueur that was created in Scotland back in 1947 that makes a great substitute for Yellow Chartreuse.

It has a rich whisky base complimented with herbs and spices to create a very full-bodied flavor.

Its dominant notes are of honey, orange peel, almond and spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.

It has a rich golden-yellow color similar to Yellow Chartreuse’s signature hue and can be enjoyed both neat or mixed into cocktails.

The sweetness from the honey makes Glayva an especially nice drink to warm up with during colder months.

4 – Sambuca


Sambuca is an Italian herbal liqueur flavored with the star anise, elderflower, licorice root and other herbs and spices.

Its flavor is similar to a milder version of the Jenever, another herbal liqueur with a strong taste provided by juniper berry.

As for its color, it might lack the life of light green colors given by Yellow Chartreuse but Sambuca comes in many variations like white and black colors as well.

When it comes to substituting it in cocktails that call for Yellow Chartreuse, adjust your amount according to your desired flavor and color pallet you are trying to achieve.

Even though sambuca has a unique flavor it might work as equal partner or even surpass the desired flavors.

As mentioned earlier its rather mild character will collaborate quite well when mixed with complementary ingredients like coffee, elderflower or cardamom.

5 – Jagermeister


Jagermeister is a German liqueur made from 56 herbs, fruits and spices.

It has an herbal flavor, similar to yellow chartreuse with extra notes of licorice, aniseed and saffron.

While it is not as sweet or complex as yellow chartreuse, its intense herbal flavor provides a pleasant alternative in cocktails.

Jagermeister has an ABV of 35%, so it needs to be added cautiously to drinks; especially when substituting for yellow chartreuse which has a much higher ABV of around 55-57%.

substitutes for yellow chartreuse

The 5 BEST Substitutes for Yellow Chartreuse

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Substitutes


  • Strega
  • Genepy
  • Glayva
  • Sambuca
  • Jagermeister


  • Choose your preferred substitute from the list of options.
  • Organize all of your ingredients.
  • Use the proper substitute to cook your recipes.
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