The Emerald – A Great Alternative to Green Beer

irish whiskey cocktails, guiness, irish pub, st patrick's day, shamrockSt. Patrick’s Day is a day that is definitely associated with tipsiness. And much of that is brought about through green beer and less than palatable swill. Sure, you have Guiness (my personal poison) and you do have Red Breast, my fave whiskey. But there isn’t much else. There just aren’t that many decent cocktails because most bar tenders aren’t particularly creative and Irish Whiskey doesn’t really mix well with other…er…mixes, ya know?

So here at LT Corner Pub, we present you something quite delicious – The Emerald!

No, not that Emerald. Or any other Emerald. It’s easy to be confused because there have been a lot of drinks named The Emerald over the years. But this one is really good and you’ll find yourself coming back to it on days that don’t end in a 7. It’s basically a Manhattan made with Irish Whiskey and orange bitters substituted for Angostura. It’s shamrock worthy to be sure and it gets that honor without a single drop of green dye!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with cracked ice. Stir well for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a piece of orange or lemon peel, or nothing at all.