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Tipperary 

The Tipperary is a classic cocktail dating back to the early 20th century. At its core is Irish whiskey, a liquid gold that envelops the senses with its mellow sweetness. Its original recipe called for equal parts Irish whiskey, sweet Italian vermouth, and Chartreuse, but modern recipes call for bitters and a slightly different ratio so that all the flavors shine through.

Homemade Boozy Whiskey Tipperary Cocktail with Chartreuse and Bitters

The first sip unveils a luxurious cascade of flavors, introducing the sweetness of the Irish whiskey. Its depth carries hints of caramel, vanilla, and the faintest echoes of fruit.

The vermouth’s subtle sweetness dances elegantly, offering a delicate counterpoint to the whiskey’s robust nature, and the Chartreuse adds herbal complexity. The addition of bitters rounds out the drink and is a popular addition today. 

History

The Tipperary Cocktail is a classic cocktail that has been around for over a century. The drink was first mentioned in Hugo R. Ensslin’s 1916 book “Recipes for Mixed Drinks” and was originally made with equal parts of Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Chartreuse, and Italian vermouth. According to the story, a guest at a bar in New York City walked in humming the song “It’s a Long Road to Tipperary,” which was an anthem for homesick Irish soldiers during World War I. The bartender then created a drink in honor of the song and named it the Tipperary Cocktail.

Over time, the recipe for the Tipperary Cocktail has evolved. In 1922, Harry MacElhone’s book “ABCs of Mixing Cocktails” featured a variation of the drink that called for two ounces of Irish whiskey and half an ounce each of Chartreuse and sweet vermouth. This version of the drink became more popular and is the one that is commonly used today.

See also  Negroski

The Tipperary Cocktail was also featured in Harry Craddock’s 1930 “The Savoy Cocktail Book.” This book helped to popularize the drink even further and cement its place in cocktail history.

How to Make It

Homemade Boozy Whiskey Tipperary Cocktail with Chartreuse and Bitters

Tipperary

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Irish whiskey
  • ½ oz green Chartreuse
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Instructions

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add Irish whiskey, green Chartreuse, sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters to the mixing glass.
  3. Stir the mixture until it is well-chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass and enjoy.

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Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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