Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | November 11, 2008

TDN Irish Whiskey Winner!

SeanMike has announced the winner of the Thursday Drink Night contest for Irish Whiskey…and it’s me! I saw the update first via Twitter and wasn’t sure which cocktail had won. It turns out it’s my Brian Miller inspired drink, The Knackers’ Conference:

The Knackers’ Conference
1/2 ounce Irish whiskey
1/2 ounce 80 proof rye
1/2 ounce cognac
1/2 ounce bonded apple brandy
1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton
2 dashes orange bitters
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Shake and serve on the rocks. Garnish with a lemon and flamed orange peel.

I had a lot of fun with this one, but there were a lot of other great drinks from that night. I’m happy to take the honor, but there was some serious mixology going on that night. My personal favorites, pulling from The Mixoloseum, are:

Funky Pineapple (by Tiare)
2-3 pineapple chunks and a few black peppercorns – muddled in a shaker
2 ounces Irish whiskey
1/2 ounce honey syrup
1/2 ounce lemon juice
Shake, strain, and serve in a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with cinnamon dust on ice. For a plebian version, if you don’t have peppercorns, just use a dusting of ground black pepper (according to oysterschnapps).

Le Clou (or is that La Ongle Rouille?) (by Samuraibartender)
3/4 ounce Irish whiskey
3/4 ounce Drambuie
3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc
Stir and garnish with a flamed twist of lemon or orange

3 Leaf Tobacco (by RumDood)
2 ounces Jamesons
1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
2 bar spoons simple syrup
2 bar spoons absinthe
1 ounce lemon juice
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon twist.

Anyway – it was a great night and I’m glad that one of my cocktails impressed.

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