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.
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.
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 The drink was first mentioned in Hugo R. Ensslin’s 1916 book “Recipes for Mixed Drinks” and was originally made with equal parts of Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Chartreuse, and Italian vermouth.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.
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
- 1 ½ oz Irish whiskey
- ½ oz green Chartreuse
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Fill a mixing glass with ice.
- Add Irish whiskey, green Chartreuse, sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters to the mixing glass.
- Stir the mixture until it is well-chilled.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass and enjoy.