Today is St. Patrick’s Day and I thought I would look at the Old Mr. Boston Official Bartenders Guide from 1935 to see what cocktails might have been served on St. Paddy’s Day, 88 years ago. I found three cocktails of interest. They are:
Irish Whiskey Cocktail
2 Dashes Absinthe
1 Dash Curacao
1 Dash Maraschino
1 Dash Bitters
1 Jigger Irish Whiskey
Stir well with cracked ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Serve with an olive.
Irish Whiskey Highball
To 1 cube of ice, add 1 jigger of Irish Whiskey, fill up with carbonated water or ginger ale. Serve with a small bar spoon in the glass and a piece of lemon peel, if desired. Use 8 oz. Highball glass.
Take 1 cube of ice. Juice of ½ or whole lime. 1 Jigger Irish Whiskey. Fill up with carbonated water and serve with small bar spoon in glass. Use 8 oz. Highball glass. Leave lime in the glass.
I was surprised that the Old Mr. Boston Official Bartenders Guide did not include a recipe for Irish Coffee, so I turned to Gary Regan’s The Joy of Mixology for a recipe.
2 ounces Irish Whiskey
4 to 5 ounces hot coffee
Simple Syrup to taste
Build in an Irish Coffee glass. Float the whipped cream on top.
These are classic cocktails to serve on St. Patrick’s Day – perfect to celebrate the day using Irish Whiskey. Now Bourbon fans might want to substitute a Bourbon for Irish Whiskey in these cocktails. If they do, I suggest a Bourbon with an Irish connection such as Henry McKenna Bonded or even the ten year old bonded McKenna as an appropriate substitution.
Photos Courtesy of Rosemary Miller