If you replace the brandy in a champagne cocktail with Scotch whisky, you make a Scotch Royale. If you replace the scotch with Irish whiskey, that makes it Irish Royale. Slainte.
Place a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute and douse it with a good couple of dashes of Angostura bitters. Add 45ml Jameson’s Irish whiskey, and top it up with cold, cold champagne. Some people chill the whisky by stirring it in a mixing glass over ice before they strain it into the flute. This takes a little edge of its alcohol. So, really, it’s up to you.
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.
At a time when spiffy new cocktails are in vogue, revelling in the past is often a welcome change. After all, even the most foamed and smoked, avant-garde cocktail bars also rave over the classics. Why? Because the best of vintage cocktails have been groomed so perfectly over decades that they never become obsolete. Old is gold indeed.
Satan's Circus comes to us from the NoMad Hotel Bar which is located in the 'Tenderloin' neighbourhood of New York. In the 19th century, this area was popularly called 'Satan's Circus' due to the concentration of saloons, bars, brothels, and the two cornerstones of the city's fine dining and craft cocktail culture: the great Delmonico's and Jerry Thomas' New York Bar.