Drinks

Liquid Diet: Irish Spirit

These innovative libations prove that there’s much more to Irish whiskey than shots and spiked coffee.


Photograph by Toan Trinh

THE ELLIS ROOM
The Collins

Pictured: A tribute to Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, this Manhattan-Negroni mash-up combines Tullamore Dew whiskey, Glendalough gin, sweet vermouth, Campari, and Green Chartreuse. The last ingredient isn’t normally found in either drink, but it’s a favorite of bar manager Chad Fox—and the only liqueur in the world that boasts an all-natural green hue.

CUNARD TAVERN
The Margaret

You won’t find green beer here. Instead, bar manager Sid Datta embraces fiery red with this cayenne-garnished mix of Redbreast 12-year whiskey, fresh lime, and Cointreau. An egg white lends a creamy texture and “helps the flavors linger.”

ALDEN & HARLOW
Captain Queenan

To make this deep, dark drink, bar manager Dan Pontius stirs together Glendalough Double Barrel whiskey and bold accents including a smoky lapsang souchong tea tincture and fig-date-fennel syrup. It gets its name from the Massachusetts State Police captain pushed off a roof to his death in The Departed.

CANARY SQUARE
Wild Irish Rose

How do you improve upon the classic Jack Rose? Add Glendalough whiskey, a spoonful of pomegranate molasses, and a few drops of Pernod, and make sure the grenadine is house-made before shaking with an egg white, says bar manager Kirsten DeChristopher. Then adorn the foamy top with a four-leaf clover drawn in bitters.

CITIZEN PUBLIC HOUSE & OYSTER BAR
Coming in Hot

Don’t be fooled by the name—this cocktail reads cool at first sip, thanks to lemon juice and a vibrant matcha syrup. The flavors meld well with the nutty notes in double-distilled Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, says bartender Jacki St. Cyr. She adds a dash of chili bitters for a hint of spice on the finish.