For a holiday that is all about drinking, most of the cocktails consumed during St Patrick’s Day are shockingly terrible! Some blame Irish whiskey as challenging to work with because of its strong flavor profile. Others point out that the day is often more fixated on extreme inebriation than it is on the best cocktails you’ve ever had. But I think they are all wrong. Irish whiskey is a fantastic spirit to build a cocktail with and can be infinitely drinkable if done cleverly. The most elegant cocktails often use only a few ingredients, perfectly balanced for a unique and satisfying experience. And the emerald is just a such a cocktail. The bonus of only using a couple ingredients? They remain simple cocktails to make, even when celebrating at the height of inebriation.
This fantastic cocktail is a great lead up to the infamous drinking holiday that is St. Patrick’s Day. With a healthy dose of Irish whiskey, this twist on a whiskey sour is sure to get you into the festive spirit. Even with the blizzards crushing the northeast of the United States. But how can this drink be celebrated on Tiki Monday? Well the answer lies in its source of sweetener: orgeat syrup. Orgeat syrup is a staple in the tiki world, providing a flavorful, almondy backbone to popular cocktails like the Mai Tai. And while the inclusion of orgeat syrup may not alone make this Cameron’s Kick truly tiki, we are going to let that slide in the interest of enjoying this amazing concoction.
The classic lemon drop is a wonderfully sophisticated yet supremely approachable cocktail. This seasonal riff on the classic is all that and more. Though lacking the sour notes of the lemon drop, the blood orange is the star of this cocktail. Fully embracing the sweet acidity of the blood orange, this vibrant cocktail is as visually stunning as it is delicious.
The classic lemon drop can be found on almost every bar menu. It is the favorite drink of anyone who likes the idea of getting a drink in a cocktail glass, but doesn’t want the alcohol forward character of Manhattans or martinis. The sour acidity of the lemon works to balance the sweet character of the drink. All with a dash of sophisticated presentation. While the lemon drop does have the risk of becoming cloyingly sweet, if made correctly this is a cocktail that can please a wide range of tastes. And is infinitely drinkable in a myriad of settings. When made well, the lemon drop can remind of a wonderful homemade lemonade, refreshingly sour and absolutely delicious.
Thanks to New Orleans, a city know for the debauchery that is Mardi Gras and its amazing cocktail scene, we have yet another rendition of the classic planters punch. This time, we throw rum aside for some good ol’ american bourbon and a bit of french brandy. Although it differs considerably from the original punch recipe, this Mississippi Planter’s Punch is a wonderful chance to explore a tiki cocktail with an old school New Orleans twist.
When it comes to beers, coffee stouts are routinely some of my favorites. Beer isn’t as cheap an ingredient as many liquors. But sometimes the flavor profiles just beg to be used in a cocktail. Like the seasonal 865cc Coffee Stout from the good folks at DuClaw Brewing Company. Hands down the best coffee stout I have ever had the pleasure of drinking, the smooth deep notes of coffee and malt blend beautifully with the oak from the bourbon and velvety smoothness from the inclusion of the egg. Eggs can be a controversial cocktail ingredient due to health risks, but the alcohol should kill off any bacteria that could cause you harm. In this case, the sheer brilliance of this cocktail and amazing flavor profile is well worth any risk you may incur.
Martinis are the epitome of the classic cocktail. Popularized by James Bond and the business culture of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, there is no surprise that the classic martini has spawned literally thousands of variations. However when it comes to variation, some are more traditional than others. One such classic martini variation is the perfect martini. Perfect is a cocktail term which doesn’t refer to how amazing the drink is – though perfect cocktails usually are amazingly balanced – but rather indicates equal parts of both sweet and dry vermouth.