If the Irish people are known for one contribution to the food and wine world, it’s all about th whiskey. So you know any Irish whiskey cocktail recipe is probably going to nail it. This one is an Irish coffee…but without the cream and all that extra sugar!
The origin of this Irish whiskey cocktail
And this recipe, created by mixologist Jacob Tschetter, aka The Bearded Alchemist, this Old Irish Blackballer cocktail layers the bitter refreshment of cold brew with a shot of whiskey. But that’ s not all. To add complexity, there’s a touch of chicory liqueur and the sweetness of (aphrodisiac) maple syrup.
But it’s the whiskey that plays the staring role in this Irish cocktail, as it does in many of the world’s most beloved classic cocktails. Think of the Old Fashioned, Manhattan and, of course, the Whiskey Sour to name a few.
A little whiskey history
It should be no surprise that whiskey plays a staring role in so many great drinks. It was, at one time, the most popular spirit in the world. Although Irish whiskey fell out of fashion early in the last century, it began to experience a resurgence starting around 1990. And today it ranks among the world’s fastest growing spirits with new, artisan distilleries like the one featured in this drink, adding excitement to this spirit category.
Although the drink calls for Teeling, as with all of our cocktail recipes, we recommend that you use your favorite whiskey as the base of this St. Patrick’s Day cocktail.
Some tips on making this fun, Irish cocktail
A couple of years ago, we featured a sci-fi worthy gadget for coffee and cocktail lovers called NitroBrew. (Here is our NitroBrew review.) This cutting edge toy for home cooks and mixologists adds texture to drinks with nitrogen. Now, NitroBrew was actually created for beer and coffee. But it really works best with cocktails, in my humble opinion. I guess the creators of NitroBrew agree, because they were the ones who originally shared this Irish cocktail recipe with our site.
Of course, according to the instructions, you will be required to invest in a NitroBrew unit to make this drink. If you don’t happen to have the extra cash, or aren’t sure nitrogen is worth the investment, don’t worry. You can mix this drink in a cocktail shaker. It won’t have the etherial texture but the flavor components remain the same. And if you like whiskey, this might just become your favorite cocktail…shaken or foamed!
Old Irish Blackballer
- 2 oz Teeling Small Batch Whiskey
- 3 oz Cold Brew or Iced Coffee
- 5 oz Bittermen’s New Orleans Chicory Liqueur
- .5 oz Maple Syrup
- Shake/strain all ingredients into NitroBrew kettle.
- Set the PSI on the Nitro Brew Compressor to 40 PSI.
- Close and secure the lid. Hold down the button on the kettle and press the nozzle into the charging station receiver firmly. Once it is charged (charger will automatically turn off), release the button and remove from the charging station receiver. Shake the kettle well in order for the contents to mix (about 5 seconds).
- Turn the dispenser upside-down and gently hold down kettle button to dispense the NitroBrew cocktail into a 10 oz glass.
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