Of all the drinks to come from this country, this is the only one known simply as “The Irish Cocktail”, so you know it’s good. This recipe first appeared in the 1888 edition, of Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual, which means it’s got plenty of years’ experience behind it.


  • 60ml Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 2 dashes Pernod Absinthe
  • 2 dashes curaҫao
  • 1 dash maraschino liqueu
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters


  • Mix all ingredients and stir over ice
  • Strain into a chilled sherry glass
  • Flame a piece of orange peel and squeeze the zest over the cocktail
  • Garnish with an olive
  • At this stage it may be appropriate to raise a traditional Irish toast; “Slainte!”

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