Everyone’s Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day! Armed with green garb and greener beer, many spend their St. Patty’s Day bar-hopping from pub to pub with a steady regiment of shots and Irish Car Bombs.
What about those who decide that gallons of beer and whiskey aren’t for them? How about a duo of easily prepared cocktails for a relaxed take on March 17th?
Following are two cocktails with rather different expressions. Both use Irish Whiskey and are suitable any time of the day and will pair easily with the typical fare of corned beef and cabbage, soda bread, and bangers and mash.
The Tyrconnell Clementine was created to remind our palates that Spring is just around the corner, with lively components of citrus and tropical tones backed by a sturdy Irish Whiskey. Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey shows less richness and more minerality than most blended whiskies. Its profile is complimented by the dynamic of St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Dolin Dry Vermouth. With opposing profiles at play, we need to add a citrus component to tame St-Germain’s sweetness and a little bitter for a palate lift on the finish. This is accomplished by using the juice from freshly squeezed clementines and a few dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters. The resultant cocktail is fresh with lovely complexity!
The Tyrconnell Clementine
- 2oz Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey
- 2oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 1 oz Freshly squeezed Clementine juice
- ½ oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
- 4 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker, fill with ice, and shake well. Strain into a martini glass. No garnish necessary but feel free to skewer a Clementine segment for presentation.
Next we tap into the winter weather that still lingers with a twist on the classic Manhattan. It seems simple to switch up your brown spirit to a bourbon but the notion of using Irish whiskey never crossed my mind until I was dining with a friend who ordered it. With interest peaked, I followed suit and was pleasantly surprised by the expression. The Jameson Manhattan offers a richer expression of brown spirit than Rye used in the classic concoction. I prefer the profile of Dolin Vermouth Rouge in place of “sweet” vermouth as the whiskey offers loads of caramel and spice. Dolin’s expression is considerably drier and provides balance. After the addition of a few dashes Peychaud’s Bitters you have a Manhattan with depth and balance.
The Jameson Manhattan
- 3oz Jameson’s Blended Irish Whiskey
- 1 oz Dolin Vermouth Rouge
- 4-6 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
- Roland Premium Maraschino Cherries
Combine Jameson’s, Dolin, and Peychaud’s in a mixing glass, fill with ice, and stir. After stirring for at least 30 seconds, strain into a martini glass and garnish with a Roland maraschino cherry.
These are very different but equally enjoyable cocktails for your Saint Patrick’s Day and throughout the year! Remember to sample your cocktails before serving to company and adjust to taste where needed. Slainte!