Blackthorn (Irish)

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Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Lemon zest twist

How to make:

STIR first 4 ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass. Dash absinthe into surface of drink and then stroke barspoon once through drink (rather than stir in).

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Review:

The original equal parts whiskey and dry vermouth recipe is way too dry, so in time for Saint Patrick's Day 2016, we experimented and concluded that splitting the vermouth proportion evenly between dry and sweet vermouths was the 'perfect' solution, producing an aromatic balanced cocktail with faint hints of anise from the absinthe.

History:

The Black Thorn" first appears in Harry Johnson's 1900 Bartender's Manual.

BLACK THORN.
(Use a large bar glass.)
3 or 4 dashes of absinthe;
3 or 4 dashes of bitters (Boker's genuine only);
½ wine glass of French Vermouth;
½ wine glass of Irish Whiskey;
Stir up well with a spoon, strain into a medium-sized wine glass and serve.

Harry Johnson, 1900

The "Blackthorn Cocktail" also appears in Harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book.

BLACKTHORN COCKTAIL.
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters.
3 Dashes Absinthe.
½ Irish Whisky.
½ French Vermouth.
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Harry Craddock, 1930

Nutrition:

One serving of Blackthorn (Irish) contains 177 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.6 standard drinks
  • 24.29% alc./vol. (48.58° proof)
  • 22.2 grams of pure alcohol
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