Top o’ the evenin’ to ya! We wanted to share a bit o’ the facts of Irish Whiskey with you.
– Whiskey was founded by Irish Monks, who had both the time, education, and safe locations to perfect distillation.
– Irish whiskey doesn’t toast it’s barley, making it smoother
– Irish whiskey uses a method called pot still where heat is applied directly to the pot. It is distilled three times
– According to the Irish Whiskey Act of 1980, Irish whiskey must be aged and distilled in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.
– Only four Irish Whiskey Distillers still exist in Ireland today. Bushmills, New Midleton Cooley and Kilbeggan.
– Two of the Irish whiskey distilleries are run by a French company, Pernod Richard.
– Cooley distillery is the only Irish whiskey maker, er, Irish whiskey distillery independently owned by an Irish man, John Teeling.
– Irish whiskey was one of the earliest distilled drinks in Europe.
– A Blend means the Irish whiskey comes from two or more distillates, er, separate batches of whiskey. In Irish whiskey talk, single malt, etc. isn’t defined as it is with Scotch whiskey.
– Bailey’s, an Irish liqueur, is a blend of Irish whiskey, coffee and cream. Yum!
Now onto, some of the fun stuff – Cocktails!
1.5 oz Green Spot Irish Whiskey
.5 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz Green Chartreuse
2-3 English cucumber slices (muddled)
2-3 Basil leaves (muddled)
Shake ingredients and strain into Collins glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with basil and cucumber ice.
**Cucumber Ice: Vegetable peel English cucumbers long ways. Roll them up and place into a square ice tray. Add water and freeze
– Bourbon & Banter in Dallas
The Irish legend is our take on a classic whiskey sour, a drink born from the character of Tullamore DEW and the creative nature of Daniel E. Williams. With ingredients of rosemary, apple, lemon, lime and blackberry, this is a cocktail of mythical depth and complexity.
1.5 oz Tullamore DEW Original Irish Whiskey
.5 oz amaretto
1.5 oz apple juice
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz lime juice
.25 oz sugar syrup
1 sprig rosemary
1 egg white
.5 oz crème de mure
Add all ingredients to shaker, except crème de mure. Dry shake, add ice, then hard shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Sink the crème de mure. Add crushed ice and garnish with 2 raspberries and a sprig of rosemary.
1.5 oz Slane Irish Whiskey
4 oz coffee
Simple syrup to taste
Warm a glass with hot water, pour out, then pour the coffee, Slane whiskey and simple syrup. Add cream to top and garnish with sustainable coffee grind.
– By Maxime Belfand of Saxon + Parole
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