A Celtic Mix

St. Patrick’s Day is now just 11 days away. I’ve been making it a personal endeavor to search out, create and compile as many unheard of Irish cocktails as possible, just for the sake of choice. Not that nobody has ever heard of some of these concoctions, but drinks, such as the Wild Irish Rose or the Leprechaun, are not ones I normally hear ordered on St. Pat’s. It’s almost always the more “traditional” celebratory options – Guinness, Car Bombs, green beer and the like.

Those would read this blog habitually know that I tend to stick to the simple, classic cocktails when imbibing in a mixed drink. Today I found an Irish cocktail that fits that bill perfectly – one I’ve never tried before. Think I may give it a good college try tonight at the Tap Room for happy hour, perhaps after I gorge myself on BBQ. Why not?

From the sounds of it, the Celtic Mix Cocktail is a nice little twist on the classic Manhattan, without the vermouth. Hell, most bartenders bruise my alcohol when I ask for anything that involves vermouth Celtic Mix Cocktailanyway (stop putting too much vermouth in my cocktails!) so I’m not against giving it up altogether. Here’s the recipe to try it out yourself:

Celtic Mix Cocktail

1 ½ oz scotch
1 oz Irish whiskey
½ oz lemon juice
Dash of bitters
Slice of lemon, for garnish

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

That’s it. In my opinion, unless your shooting for a tropical tiki concoction, a simple cocktail like this is all you need. Classic.

Do you have any Irish cocktail recipes that would fit in the “classics” category? Please share!



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