“I don’t want to say it’s the most famous Irish whiskey cocktail, but it’s probably our most famous classic,” says Herlihy. The story behind this elegant drink, which first appeared in Hugo R. Ensslin’s 1917 book, Recipes for Mixed Drinks, is that a guest walked in, asked for a drink, and was humming the song “It’s a Long Road to Tipperary,” which was an anthem for homesick Irish soldiers in the British army during World War I. Of course, a drink named for Tipperary, a county in Ireland, would feature Irish whiskey.
Recipe courtesy Sean Muldoon, founder/general manager, The Dead Rabbit, New York City
- 1½ ounces Michael Collins Single Malt Irish Whiskey
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- ½ ounce green Chartreuse
- ½ ounce chilled water
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- ½ teaspoon cane sugar syrup
- Orange twist, for garnish
In a mixing glass, stir together all ingredients (except garnish) with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.