A classic cocktail. It’s up there with dinner at 21, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and watching the sun go down atop the Empire State Building. Manhattan: It’s as classic as they come. The city and the drink… So how do you improve upon a classic? Go richer. Go deeper. Irish whiskey: It’s your ancestors’s cocktail.
I’m known for getting upset with people who think drinking green beer (Miller Lite at that!!) is the way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. For me it’s a day to celebrate my heritage. However that doesn’t mean I don’t want to make a toast to Ireland and its abundant beauty and charm…
2 parts Irish whiskey
1 part sweet vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
A classic Manhattan uses bourbon but to make this Irish, you must use the best Irish whiskey you can find. Jameson, Connemara, Concannon, Tullamore Dew, Kilbeggan are all wonderful. I didn’t add a maraschino cherry as I’m pretty sure any Irishman/woman would laugh if you threw a cherry in their whiskey. G’wan! But feel free to add one or a twist of orange to go with the bitters.
Place all ingredients in a large glass with ice and give a fine stir. Pour into a martini-style or rocks glass and take a sip. Imagine the verdant land your ancestors reaped before you. Say thanks and pour yourself another. They would be so proud! Sláinte! Ooh! That’s awfully good!