Monday, December 9, 2013

A Pair of Irish Whiskey Cocktails

I came home with a bottle of Tyrconnell Single Malt a few days ago, and this post ought to have been written sooner but the whiskey was so charming that it took me a while to settle down to work. Maybe that’s the nature of Irish whiskey, and why experimentation seems limited. And then I bought a nice bottle of barley beer thinking it would compliment, Almanac’s Honey Saison, and that was pretty and quaffable too, and was soon sucked down without a thought to cocktails.

Raising the Stakes
  • 1 1/2 oz single malt Irish whiskey (Tyrconnell)
  • 1 1/2 oz amontillado sherry
  • 2 dashes peach bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Amontillado is a great compliment to this whiskey, emphasizing vanilla and caramel. The peach bitters open up fruit aromas without adding sweetness on the palate. I tried playing with spicier flavors but they only got in the way.

Double Barrel Barley
  • 1 oz single malt Irish whiskey (Tyrconnell)
  • 1 oz amontillado sherry
  • 3 oz Almanac Honey Saison
Stir whiskey and sherry with ice and strain into a wine glass. Add beer.

Eventually, I managed to hold onto a bottle of beer long enough to make a cocktail with it. Almanac is a local brewery based in San Jose. The barley and honey compliment the gracefulness and flavor profile of the spirit. Rich but light.

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