Monday, April 20, 2020

Danny's Downfall

I thought it was the Yeoman Calvary that brought Danny's downfall. But that's not what happens in the Irish ballad "Danny Boy." That's the "Croppy Boy," a different Irish ballad, sad but beautiful. Danny's Downfall the cocktail is smooth, sweet and inviting. It is equal parts whiskey, gin and sweet vermouth. Any brands will do, I suppose, but I was going for softer flavors with less bitterness and spice. Silky like an Irish ballad.

With a cocktail that has only three equal ingredients, and some of them potentially overpowering, it was important to choose carefully. I wanted an Irish whiskey, of course, because they are simple and carry no strange peat or malt aftertaste, nor do they have an overly oaky scent. So Proper Twelve it is.

Vitae Old Tom gin has a mellow aged flavor on a spirit that is molasses based and lightly junipered. The effect is like toasted marshmallow without being overly sweet. This contrasts with London Dry gins with that dry and juniper bite throughout.

Mt. Defiance sweet vermouth is made from cider and wine brandy. It is less herbal than Italian vermouth so that it adds a mild sweetness and less of the deep red color.
  • 1 oz. blended whiskey (Proper Twelve used)
  • 1 oz. gin (Vitae Old Tom used)
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth (Mt. Defiance used)
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

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