The Paddy Cocktail
St. Paddy’s Day is right around the corner. It’s time to start planning. You need a strategy. The goal here is to pay homage to a rich culture through one of it’s time-honored traditions, which is drinking. But, you need to accomplish this task with the decorum and class of a grown adult. Gone are the days of endless pints of green beer, of shamrock-painted faces and emerald feather boas. You’re not in college anymore, you know it, and so does everybody else. The boys at Hammerstone’s Whiskey Disks are here to help. With a little effort, we can all do our part and still come off looking like the mature adults our parents believe us to be.
Here’s an easy twist on the classic Manhattan that’s sure to put a twinkle in those Irish eyes of yours. What better way to celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day than with a cocktail made with Irish whiskey? When you first bring a Paddy Cocktail to your lips, you smell the caramel, with hints of vanilla and cherry. Then, the first sip proves that you’re not imagining the aroma. It’s a simple, straightforward cocktail that showcases the delectable qualities of Irish whiskey. You’ll find it’s the perfect choice for before or after a meal, or both, if you’re truly celebrating the way you should. The Paddy Cocktail is now one of our favorites, and it’s a great addition to your grown-up cocktail repertoire.
So if you’ve had your fill of Guinness and green food coloring from all those St. Patrick’s Days of the past, you’re in need of a classic whiskey cocktail like the Paddy. Mixing up some of these shamrock sippers is sure to put your party right over the rainbow. Oh, and by all means drop in one of our unique frozen whiskey stones to keep the chill on this great cocktail lasting even longer.
1 1/2 ounces Carpano Antica (a sweet vermouth from Italy)
1 dash Angostura bitters
Stir in ice for 30 seconds and strain into chilled coupe or cocktail glass. (If you cannot find Carpano Antica, just use your favorite sweet vermouth.) Bottoms up!