Moderation is a wiser policy than zealotry.
― Christopher Paolini
St Patrick's Day. To Bostonians this conjures up many different images, from goofy foam hats to boiled dinner to the perfectly poured pint of Guinness. And of course, in the shadows of our minds, there are hints of the memories of March 18th hangovers past. But who can blame us! It's easy to get caught up in the revelry of a holiday that is focused on raising a glass with your friends...or with whomever happens to be sitting next to you at the pub.
Times have changed a bit. Businesses have been started, children have been had, and the two day hangover has become all too much of an issue. Thus the excessive revelry of our earlier years has faded a bit into the background. Don't worry, we still celebrate the wearing of the green. But these days it's more about quality than quantity. Gone are the green pints of cheap beer from an unknown origin. Here to stay are delicious cocktails celebrating the rich heritage of Irish Whiskey.
We are all familiar with Irish Whiskey. Probably few among us have been able to refrain from indulging in a spot of Redbreast next to that pint of Guinness at some point in time. But as a cocktail ingredient it has sadly played second fiddle to other more prominent whiskies of the world. But times are changing and our dear Irish Whiskey no longer hides in the shadows but takes a place of prominence on every bar's whiskey shelf. And more frequently, Irish Whiskey is the star of a bar's Playbill. If you are a true lover of Irish Whiskey you should stop reading, immediately book a train ticket to New York City and go directly to The Dead Rabbit. Boasting over forty selections of Irish Whiskey, an Irish Whiskey focused cocktail menu and an arm's length of awards, The Dead Rabbit is a true testament that this beloved spirit is finally having it's day.
What will we be stirring up at Revolution Cocktail headquarters this St Patrick's Day? As you know, more often than not we prefer to go old school so thanks to the resources at Liquor.com we will be stirring The Dead Rabbit recipe for the Tipperary, a cocktail with roots that reach back to around 1920 and Harry's ABC of Mixing Cocktails by Harry MacElhone. Care to join us?
1.5 oz Irish Whiskey
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
.5 oz Green Chartreuse
.5 oz Water
1 bar spoon rich Simple syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.