Irish whiskey

Two Stacks Irish whiskey — which is available in these cute little 100-milliliter cans — is essential to the perfect Irish coffee.

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya, Jackson! St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to put a kick in your step than some Irish whiskey?

Your Irish eyes will smile at local Jessa Talermo’s Saintly Maiden featuring her Amrita handcrafted beverages.

Saintly Maiden

Created by Jessa Talermo

2 ounces Slane Irish whiskey

1/4 ounce St. Germain

1/2 ounce Amrita Beverages: Mint to Tell You Free Spirit

Top with soda water

Garnish with lemon and cucumber

Ireland’s whiskey category is booming, and unlike Scotland, which has six geographical areas in which to categorize its spirit, Ireland has little to no categorization to distinguish its single-pot whiskey. Every distillery has its own distinct taste based on its mash bill or the character of its grains, its malts, its pot still, blends and peat influence.

Granny Smith Toddy

Created by Jenn Marr; courtesy of The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley

1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey

2 ounces The Perfect Purée Green Apple, thawed

1/2 ounce The Perfect Purée Ginger, thawed

3 ounces hot chamomile tea

Mix ingredients in a brown sugar-rimmed hot drink glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Chris Hennessey of Ireland’s Dylan Whiskey Bar in Kilkenny loves the unadulterated delight recognized the world over as a pure Irish welcome. According to Hennessey, Irish coffee is poured across the globe in many ways — some right, some wrong.

The four key flavor elements of the recipe are sweetness, coffee, spirits and dairy, which Hennessey has been dissecting and examining for some 10 years. He suggests Two Stacks Irish Whiskey, an 8% sherry-cask pot still alongside 2% peated malt that pairs beautifully with a dark French roast. The whiskey, he said, complements the oils brought to the surface of the bean, giving a roasted, smoky flavor to the coffee and contrasting with the sherry flavors to brighten the ripe berry aspects of the bean. The pair of grain elements draws out a subtle citrus.

For the sweetness, Hennessey recommends a 2-to-1 dilution of muscovado sugar syrup for a light, honied texture, and he garnishes the concoction with freshly grated nutmeg to draw out the earthen spices of the whiskey and beans.

Irish Coffee

1.33 ounces Two Stacks Irish Whiskey (now available in cans, TwoStacksWhiskey.com)

0.33 ounce muscovado syrup 2:1

4 ounces French roast coffee

1 ounce freshly light whipped cream

Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg in the centre of the cream.

Sláinte! 

Contact Debbie Rizzo via 732-7078 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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