Well here it is my friends. St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday and I bet you aren’t nearly as prepared as you should be. And no, I don’t mean stocking up on advil and a good excuse to skip work on Wednesday. I’m talking about organizing yourself with some bad-ass cocktail recipes that are actually worth getting excited about. You see, St. Patrick’s day has gotten a bad rap over the last few years and for obvious reasons: most people have interpreted the holiday as an excuse to be a jerk. But let’s do everyone a favor and take back the holiday with some delicious whiskey and a bit less yelling.
With that in mind, the Nobler Experiment has gotten some special help from Joann Spiegel, the Bartender & Taproom manager at the award winning Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in New York City pulling together some seriously delicious recipes highlighting two of my favorite Irish Whiskeys: Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey and Clontarf 1014 Blended Irish Whiskey. If you haven’t tried either, you are seriously missing out.
Knappogue Castle Single Malt Whiskey is named after Knappogue Castle, a 15th century castle in western Ireland, restored by Mark Edwin Andrews II upon purchasing it in 1966. At the castle he amassed an impressive and rare collection of pure pot still whiskey; when the whiskey reached its peak age, it was bottled and named after his beloved Knappogue. Their portfolio includes:
- Knappogue Castle 12-Year-Old Single Malt Whiskey: Aged in bourbon barrels, bright, light lemon-orange color, elegant fruit, mildly spicy, citrus taste, 80 proof.
- Knappogue Castle 14-Year-Old Twin Wood Irish Whiskey: Aged in two types of wood, Oloroso Sherry casks and bourbon barrels, fruity with hints of green apple and grapefruit zest, and vanilla notes from the charred oak casks, 92 proof.
- Knappogue Castle 16-YearOld Twin Wood Irish Whiskey: Aged for over 14 years in bourbon barrels and finished for 21 months in Oloroso sherry casks; deep, complex, and very smooth, with a fruity nose and dusty dark chocolate and woody vanilla notes, 80 proof.
As for Clontarf, it was named after the legendary battle led by High King Brian Boru, which once and for all sent Viking invaders packing from Ireland in 1014. It is also the original inspiration for the Nobler Experiment which you need to check back here tomorrow for the full story.
In the meantime, check out the recipes below and have a great St. Patrick’s day celebration no matter what you do. Just promise us all you won’t be a jerk…
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1/2 oz. Giffard Apricot Liqueur
Shake and double strain into an ice filled highball glass.
1/2 oz. pomegranate juice
Old fashioned glass and fill with crushed ice.
1/2 oz. Creme D’framboise
1/4 oz. sugar syrup
1/2 oz. Fino Sherry
Bar spoon aged balsamic vinegar