Happy Pi Day everyone! Spring has sprung in North America during this glorious Irish Whiskey Month! All the new green grass and freshly budding leaves have inspired me to create an herbaceous cocktail with Teeling Single Grain Whiskey.
If you wanna join the party, use the hashtag #IrishWhiskeyMonth on Instagram and I’ll repost your photo! The only rule is that you have to include Irish Whiskey in your cocktail.
Basking in the sunlight, she reached for her stirring glass and copper tools. She poured the ingredients in, added ice, and began to stir. She gazed thoughfully out the window, “Why has that man decided to wear flip-flops? This is New York City. You can’t wear flip-flops on the streets in this town!”
Suddenly, she remembered that she was stirring a cocktail and stopped the motion of her right hand with a flick of the wrist. She grabbed the julep strainer, poured the cocktail into a coupe, and said to herself, “Gurrrl, it’s ok. He must be from out of town and has no idea that flip-flops are the most dangerous footwear he could have chosen.”
She took a sip and smiled. Her thoughts drifted far away.
Here are the glorious ingredients for this springiest of spring libations. What posessed me to put these flavors together? Well…
I had one goal: I really wanted to have St. George Absinthe (anise, lemon grass, grassiness, herbaceous glory), Chartreuse Jaune (flowers, honey, flowers, saffron, flowers, etc), and Teeling Single Grain (berries, grains, honey, wonderfulness) hang out in the same glass. The Dolin Dry was for length and for awesomeness. Dolin Dry is always awesome.
I’ve decided to put some of my St. George Absinthe in a small bottle so I can use it by drops from a pipette. I considered using an Absinthe rinse, but didn’t want to waste any of it and wanted to control how much flavor it contributed to the drink. Accuracy is key when using small amounts of Absinthe.
I wanted the presentation for this drink to be as simple and inviting as possible and so have chosen to discard the peel. If you’d like to keep the peel in the drink, go for it!
- 1 1/2 oz Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey
- 1/2 oz Dolin Dry
- 1/4 oz Chartreuse Jaune
- 15 drops St. George Absinthe Verte (1. 5 dashes)
- Garnish: Lemon peel expressed and discarded
Combine ingredients over ice and stirrrrrrr (until you gaze out the window and lose yourself in the moment. Remember stirring is Zen.). Strain into chilled coupe. Express Lemon peel and discard.
The name of this drink is a nod to one of the patron saints of Ireland and a symbol of spring: Brigid of Kildare. May all your cocktails be marvelous and your #IrishWhiskeyMonth be sensational!