Recreating the days gone by has always been mankind’s way of looking into a time travelling mirror. With old-fashioned furniture and homes in vogue, the old world really has a way of appealing to the senses. There is something about old-fashioned cocktails that comforts the soul and relaxes the mind. The Fifth Gear created by Jesse Vida at The Dead Rabbit in New York City is one such cocktail.
The recipe uses a single pot still whiskey: a quintessential style of whiskey making unique to Ireland, made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley distilled in a single pot. Whiskey made in this manner has silky and rounded mouth feel and full, complex flavors.
The Fifth Gear starts with a citrusy aroma giving way to a complexity of flavors. After the first sip, the drink reveals hints of grape and orange and matures into a malt taste that it derives from the whiskey, with a chocolatey touch from the crème de cacao. The drink evolves with every minute it spends in your glass and truly unravels into a beautiful piece of art. The cocktail also has a healthy amount of Italian Amaro, the flavor of which is thinly veiled with a balance of flavors from the other ingredients.
Mix your own Fifth Gear
In a mixing glass, take 30 ml single pot still whiskey and Italian Amaro each with 15 ml of Madeira, 8 ml crème de cacao, half teaspoon of crème de Banane, a dash of Absinthe, and a pinch of salt. Throw in some ice and briskly stir the mixture. Pour into a classic whisky glass and garnish with a bit of orange oil. A seat by the fireplace and you’ll enjoy this drink as it warms you to your soul.
Whiskies distilled in the Islands lend a distinct character of the sea to a dram. A sip of an Island whisky will leave you with the scent of the salty mist of waves crashing onto rugged cliffs. Of the seven hundred or so islands dotting the cold seas around the Scottish mainland, only a handful of them are owned by distilleries.
Whisky cocktails have been created over the decades, with some becoming staples, and some gaining popularity across nations. Just as there are some whisky cocktails, which have been much loved since way before most of us even became of legal drinking age, there are some which are comparatively new, but have managed to become sensations among whisky lovers.
Recreating the days gone by has always been mankind’s way of looking into a time travelling mirror. With old-fashioned furniture and homes in vogue, the old world really has a way of appealing to the senses. There is something about old-fashioned cocktails that comforts the soul and relaxes the mind.