Category Archives: Jameson

Back in the Saddle

Hey y’all!

First of all, let me apologize for the very long sabbatical I’ve taken from this blog. Not that anyone REALLY cares much about this blog, but since I’ve moved down to the South, I find myself with a new found sense of hospitality, so apologies all around. Seriously, I could really get used to this whole “saying hi to random strangers on the street thing”. It’s oddly comforting. Having a 3-bedroom house with a front porch and a backyard for less money than I was paying in New York a’int too shabby either.

I’m currently honing a fancy mint julep recipe in honor of my new surroundings, which will be here soon, but for now, I’ve been working on some other beauties that I think are pretty scrumptious. Here’s one now!

Did I mention that I have a front porch? Somehow a front porch makes a cocktail taste that much better.

I call this one The Oliver Cromwell (more about that in a second).

The Oliver Cromwell

*3 parts Jameson (I know. I really enjoy making drinks with Jameson. Don’t you?!)
*1 part Domain de Canton (delicious ginger liqueur, if you haven’t tried it – great with Prosecco too!)
*3 parts seltzer (I REALLY suggest using raspberry flavored seltzer – I’m really into this in cocktails lately, and I promise it works)
*2 parts limeade (I use Simply Limeade – it’s fantastic)
*1 part Hibiscus soda syrup (check out P & H Soda Co. – they do great work and their stuff works really well in cocktails)
*1/2 part lemon juice
*1/2 part lime juice
*Few dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

It’s a great, refreshing, summer drink that definitely goes down a little too easily. And it’s pretty to look at too!

Now, about the name. Hibiscus is also known as Sorrel in Jamaica, and amazingly enough, when I was trying to come up with a name for this drink, I stumbled across a fascinating fact and some fascinating history to go along with it. Perhaps some of you are smarter than me and knew this already, but apparently the second largest ethnic group in Jamaica is people of Irish heritage. It all stems from when Oliver Cromwell captured Jamaica in the mid-1600s. He imported tens of thousands of Irish slaves from English-controlled Barbados to work in Jamaica, which is why today, you find towns with such surprising names in Jamaica as Irish Town and Belfast. I’d get more into the history, but it just kind of gets depressing – Cromwell was an asshole!

Anywho, I’m signing off for now, but hey, you got a history lesson along with a delicious new cocktail! I feel like I’ve grown as a person.

More soon! And thanks.


Snap to it!

Okay, okay. Cheesy title, I know. Forgive me. But man, this stuff is just SO good…

I realize I’ve already extolled the virtues of Art in the Age, but I had a chance to go to Philly a few weekends ago, where this glorious nectar is produced. I picked up some Snap, and well, I really can’t get enough. Just listen to the ingredients:

Blackstrap Molasses, Clove, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Rooibos Tea, Vanilla and Pure Cane Sugar

Come on! How could that not be delicious?! And the best thing is, it’s really not too sweet. Just the right amount.

Anyway, I’m going to make this short and sweet, but I just had to say that if you happen to see this in your local liquor store, for heaven’s sake, grab a bottle. Grab 2! You won’t regret it.

Here’s just one of the many delicious way in which you can enjoy it:

The Shamrock Snap

1 part Snap
1 part Jameson
2 parts Seltzer
Splash of St. Germain
Splash (or maybe a little more) of Orange Juice (this REALLY makes the drink – OJ really compliments the Snap perfectly)
Dash of Orange Bitters

That’s it! Pretty simply, and VERY delicious. Until next time…

My first creation

In the annals of history, I may not end up contributing a whole lot on a grand scale. But when it’s all said and done, I think my greatest contribution to society may be this:

I call it the Irish Wolfhound, and it’s the first drink I’ve ever completely made up on my own. Now I’m sure that someone has made this drink at some point in history, but I’ve got it DOWN. Plus the name is just perfect (thanks to my friend Michael Terry for that particular stroke of genius). Here’s how to make it – and bear with me! Some people think it sounds like it might not work. Trust me. It works. Here it is.


1 part Jameson
1 part grapefruit juice (make sure it’s the good stuff – from concentrate will ruin the drink)
1/2 part club soda
Lime for garnish (optional)

Simple and delicious. And if you don’t already know, Jameson is just fantastic in most drinks.

I think a coworker of mine said it best – “Man, I feel terrible this morning after drinking fucking Irish Wolfhounds all night!” Ringing endorsement!

And for those who want a little bit of sweetness, here’s a different take on the new classic.


1 part Jameson
1 part grapefruit juice
1 part ginger ale
2/3 passion

We’ll get to my love of infusing things for drinks in another post, but know that a little bit of passion tea (particularly the Starbucks variety) goes a long way in making a killer cocktail.

That’s all for now, kids. More soon!