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James Joyce Cocktail

1.5 oz Redbreast Whiskey
0.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
0.75 oz Orange Liqueur
0.50 oz Lime Juice

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass
Shake with ice and strain in to a coupe

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Cashel Palace Irish Coffee

Recipe courtesy of Denis Heffernan

1.5 oz Powers Gold Label Whiskey
2 tsp Brown Sugar
4 oz Hot Coffee
Unsweetened Whipped Cream

Place a metal spoon in an Irish coffee glass, then fill the glass with boiling water (the spoon will keep the glass from breaking)
Once glass is hot, add sugar, then whiskey
Fill glass to the three-quarters mark with hot coffee
Stir to dissolve sugar
Carefully lay cream atop the drink, filling the rest of the glass

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The Benchley

a 12BB original

 

1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
0.75 oz Dry Vermouth
0.75 Pineapple-Sriracha Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe

 

For Pineapple-Sriracha Syrup:

1 part canned Pineapple Juice
1 part White Sugar
Sriracha Hot Sauce to taste

Dissolve sugar in pineapple juice over very low heat
Stir in Sriracha

 

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First off, Happy Repeal Day!  It’s the day when we celebrate our freedom to enjoy an adult beverage.  And so, we shall…

There are few things worse than seeing a favorite artist live, and the artist doesn’t play the hits.    Or, maybe, it’s seeing Larry the Cable Guy and being denied even one well-placed “Git ‘er done”.    When it comes to hiring a bartender for your event, there are a handful of expectations that come to mind – a bit of wit and charm, a level of skill behind the stick, or perhaps an introduction to some long-lost corner of mixology.  True bartending is more than just serving up drinks – that’s the easy part – it’s part theatre, part confessional, and always worth a generous tip.

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Colonial Boy

1 oz Irish Whiskey
5 oz Hot Black Tea
1 dash Angostura Bitters
0.5 tsp Sugar (or to taste)

Add sugar to a heat-proof mug
Add hot tea, then whiskey and bitters
Stir gently

Featured Glassware:  Urban Nature Basics Goblet by Villeroy & Boch

 

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I start my day with a fundamental question:  coffee or tea?   And, while it may seem like a simple problem, I often find myself weighing the qualities of each beverage – the thick, roasted satisfaction of my au lait versus the bracing astringency of Assam and a splash of milk.  These days, tea wins out more often than not, and as tea is also a fundamental component of many a classic punch and cocktail, I’m always happy to find an excuse to feature a drink containing some measure of my morning pick-me-up.  Should that drink also highlight Irish Whiskey, well, then we’ve got the makings for a great St. Patrick’s Day libation. Read More…

Bottle Reboot – Part 3: Irish Whiskey

Of all our bottles, Irish whiskey is the one people most often tell us to replace. It is also our most popular bottle, and the fastest growing spirit category in the United States. So, as far as we’re concerned, it’s here to stay. As with Scotch, barley is the key grain behind Irish whiskey and, also like Scotch, malted grain is key to the Irish whiskey making process. Along with the Irish traditionally favoring an extra distillation over their Scottish cousins, the chief difference – and we’re simplifying here – is that when the Scottish embraced the more economical and pure (and often less flavorful) column still, the Irish held on for dear life to their pot stills, which produce a funkier, more complicated and less economical spirit – and it was almost the death of them. Fortunately, times have changed, and Irish whiskey is making a comeback.

Today, pure pot still whiskeys such as Green Spot and Redbreast remain the truest expressions of Ireland’s distillation heritage while the more familiar brands such as Bushmills, Jameson, and Powers cut the pot still distillate with grain neutral spirit (vodka) to offer more “easy drinking” and lower cost blends. When it comes to making cocktails, we think Irish spirit soars, especially in a classic Whiskey Sour.

 

PREMIUM ($40 – $50 / 750 ml)

Some claim that to mix these whiskeys in a cocktail is tantamount to heresy. We say it’s heavenly.

 

Green Spot

Declared by whiskey expert Jim Murray to be “unquestionably one of the world’s great whiskeys,” this bottle will surely get the staunchest Scotch drinker to think twice. While it may be more difficult to track down, you will be absolutely rewarded for your efforts.

 

Redbreast 12 y.o.

This is a bold enough whiskey to stand up to any mixed drink and come out shining. With notes of toasted nuts and gingerbread, it is amazingly complex yet smooth. More importantly, it makes, by far, our favorite Whiskey Sour.

 

MID-RANGE ($15 – $20 / 750 ml)

 

Powers Gold Label

Who are we to argue with the best-selling Irish whiskey in Ireland? While you won’t get the complexity of its pure pot still cousins, you will get something a bit bolder than Jameson, making Powers a great budget mixing whiskey.

As with all of our spirit reboots, these bottles represent just the beginning, and we’ll remain on the lookout for more exciting Irish whiskeys to send your way.