Wednesday, March 2, 2016


I stopped in to Kelley's Irish Times to order up this beauty. Kelley's is a dive bar near Union Station. They have no cocktail menu, so I was working with what they had behind the bar. The bartender was a little taken aback by my order, like he'd never had occasion to use a cocktail glass, and no offense to Kelley's but this drink is really a bad one. Of course it has a lovely green shade, but that is all the Shamrock has going for it. I've talked at length before about bad St. Patrick's Day drinks and this one seems to fit all the criteria: drink designed for its color, little concern for how the spirits will play together, and the impression that for this holiday you should shut up and drink something even if it tastes like mouthwash.

Still, I'm glad I had the experience, and if you happen to have the ingredients, you can too. Though if you really wanted a green drink that tastes good, I would swap out the green creme de menthe and use a drop of green food coloring. Then up the green Chartreuse to 3/4 oz.
  • 2 oz. Irish Whiskey (Teeling used)
  • 1/2 oz. green creme de menthe
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1 tsp. green Chartreuse
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

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