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Sick of Green Beer? Try This Sophisticated Whiskey Cocktail Instead

Sick of Green Beer? Try This Sophisticated Whiskey Cocktail Instead
Jenny Adams

St. Patrick’s Day is known for its wild parades and raucous, green-beer-guzzling crowds. If you’re one of the many patrons filing into Irish pubs for an evening of Guinness and gaiety—you go, girl! If you prefer something a bit more tame (and in the comfort of your own home), we have the perfect cocktail for you: the Emerald Old Fashioned from popular N.Y.C.-based bar Pouring Ribbons

"The Emerald Old Fashioned is my attempt to bring civility and deliciousness back to a holiday desecrated with green beer and disrespectfully named shots,” explains bartender Joaquín Simó“Knappogue Castle 12 Year's fruit and spice notes serve as a rich base to layer upon whispers of herbal complexity and lashes of floral honey. The whiskey remains front and center in this elegant ode to the original cocktail, with only a refreshing sprig of mint to add brightness to the nose and eye while echoing the alpine herbs in the modifiers.” Try the recipe below.

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Emerald Old Fashioned


2 oz Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey ($39;
1 tsp honey syrup ($7;
1 tsp Chartreuse Green ($45;
1 tsp Dolin Génépy des Alpes ($28;
Mint sprig, for garnish

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Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass full of cubed ice, and stir clockwise for around 12-14 seconds. Garnish with a sprig of mint, inserted into drink.

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