An Ode To Irish Cocktail Joy -- The Good Cork
Ms. Cocktail Den had a business trip to Cork, a small city in southwest Ireland, and I shamelessly tagged along. I had a wonderful experience playing the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (you know this great tune, just Google it) on the Shandon Bells in St. Anne's Church. The Good Cork, a creation from Phil Ward in New York City, is much younger than the Shandon Bells, and it evokes fond memories of my time in Cork.
1 ounce Irish whiskey
1 ounce mezcal
.5 ounces Benedictine DOM
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Combine in a shaker with ice, stir with stereotypical Irish liveliness, and strain into a chilled glass.
Irish whiskey and mezcal (the base of drinks such as the Pura Vida)? It works. The Renegade has a similar pairing (bourbon and mezcal) of spice and smoke, and like that drink, the Good Cork is spirit forward. The original calls for Redbreast 12, which is a fine whiskey. Use whichever one you prefer and have on hand. Consider using one of the many whiskies from the New Midleton distillery (the subject of Sine Metu), which is near Cork. Benedictine, an herbal liqueur used in drinks such as the Racketeer and the Honeymoon, is flexible enough to pull everything together.
Looking for something unusual, tasty, and strong? The Good Cork joyously delivers.
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