"I like all kinds of spirits," Carpenter said, "especially ones with aromatics and strong flavors. I decided to use vodka here, as a blank canvas for the other, classic French ingredients.
Those ingredients include yellow Chartreuse, St. Germain, a liqueur made from elderflowers, and Lillet, a wine-based aperitif.
Carpenter is a fan of Lillet, which is made from Bordeaux's semillon grapes and a secret recipe for spices and botanicals. "It's typically served over ice with a little fruit wedge," Carpenter said. "It's a very refreshing drink for summer."
I loved drinking the Louis Liberte! at Petit Louis' standing bar, with a plate of cured meat. It's a smooth customer, this cocktail.
I liked trying to discover, in each sip, the various herbal and botanical qualities imparted by the different liqueurs. And I loved the idea of using vodka, a neutral spirit, as the base for the cocktail. That kept the drink light and summery.