Isn’t this the most wonderful time of the year? The New Year brings hope for new beginnings, new possibilities, and of course, new cocktails to add to our drink repertoire. Irish whiskey, though in initial decline, has certainly been revived.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the name of the Alcock and Browne cocktail was inspired by the picturesque town of Clifden in the West of Ireland. The first transatlantic flight was completed by two British airmen - Captain John Alcock, the pilot, and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown, the navigator touching down in a bog close by. They recognised their location when crossing the Irish coast, and chose to land, sinking into a bog. Eventually, they safely scrambled on to the Irish landscape. They were awarded for this successful flight, and received great recognition in the history of aviation.
We celebrate the diversity of Irish whiskey here, and the ground-breaking aviation feat with an innovative cocktail that is crisp, aromatic, and highlights the diversity of Irish whiskey. Irish whiskey is a well balanced spirit with a warm, rich texture, a kick of spice, and subtle sweetness.
With the growing number of distilleries emerging in Ireland, the Irish whiskey’s popularity has resurged. It has become a rapidly growing spirit globally since the 1990s. This continues till date and gets a boost from Ireland’s increasing cocktail culture, promoted by distillers, retailers, and most importantly, pub owners.
Mix Your Own Alcock & Browne
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 60 ml aged whiskey, 10 ml banana liqueur, 5 teaspoons pineapple juice, 2 teaspoons simple syrup infused with fennel seeds, 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 2 dashes of bitters. Shake, shake, and shake for at least 10 secs. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Sprinkle some grated nutmeg to dust the cocktail.
Usher in the year the Irish way with this crafted cocktail.
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