It's A Long Cocktail Way -- The Tipperary
"It's a Long Way to Tipperary" was a popular song during World War One. Referring to a town and county in southern Ireland (Ms. Cocktail Den and I drove near it but did not go there), the first mention of the Tipperary cocktail came in 1916, four years after the song. The recipe evolved over time. I first had a Tipperary at the excellent Here Nor There bar in Austin.
1.5 ounces Irish whiskey
1 ounce sweet vermouth
.5 ounces green Chartreuse
Combine in a mixing glass with ice, stir with the determination of wanting to see your significant other again, and strain into a chilled glass. Amarena cherry or lemon peel garnish optional.
First appearing in Hugo Ensslin's cocktail recipe book (the same book that gave us the Aviation), the original Tipperary has the same proportions as the modern Luck of the Irish. That's a good drink if you really like green Chartreuse. As for the Irish whiskey, use whichever one you prefer. Subsequent versions of the Tipperary call for slightly more Irish whiskey, and some add Angostura or orange bitters. I like the simplicity of this Tipperary because of its 3:2:1 ratio. It's not a long way to this great cocktail.
Intrigued by pairing green Chartreuse and sweet vermouth? Try a Bijou. Like Irish themed cocktails? Try a Good Cork, Intense Irish, or the iconic Irish Coffee. What will your liver say? Slainte!