Interesting, isn’t it—a cocktail that is named after a legendary detective fiction writer? That Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was fond of whisky, we all know, but when it came to tracing the origin of this cocktail, there wasn’t a clue left for us.
So, we dug up some other relevant detail about the cocktail. For instance, one of its key ingredient—Paddy’s Bee Sting, is not just an Irish whisky with a fairly unusual name but also a unique taste. It has a defining honey flavour on the palate and a soft long finish. This has an important role to play when making cocktails like Doyle Oil.
Because the cocktail has another flavoured liquor, in this case orange flavoured vodka, it is essential to balance the notes of orange with a complementary profile like that of honey and definitely cinnamon.
The trick to mixing this cocktail is in understanding the proportions. The last thing you want is overpowering notes of orange. That aside, Doyle Oil is one of the easiest to mix and makes for a perfect breakfast cocktail.
Mix your own Doyle Oil
In a cocktail shaker, pour 60 ml of Paddy’s Bee Sting, 30 ml orange flavoured vodka, and 30 ml coconut cream. Shake a bit before adding ice and shake some more after. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a pinch of ground cinnamon.
In case you do not have access to Paddy’s Bee Sting, you can make Doyle Oil using 50 ml of Jameson Irish Whiskey and about 10 ml of honey. The rest remain intact.
Also, when adding ice, try not to add a lot of ice—you do not want your drink too diluted and nearly bland.
Your Doyle Oil is ready. Wondering what else you need for breakfast? Well, bake some spiked rice pudding and you are sorted.
A drink named after a prima donna of an opera company from Ontario, supremely popular in the 1900s but forgotten in the coming years, that’s Mamie Taylor for you. The very popular singer-actress, Mamya Taylor is rumoured to have requested a ‘long, hard drink’ after one of her performances at a downtown bar. And the bartender in charge was only too eager to please the princess.
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