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Tipperary Cocktail

The Drink Inspired by the Song is Our Cocktail of the Week

A man walks into a bar… So many great tales and riddles have begun with these words, as well, as it turns out, one of our favorite cocktails. The story goes that a guest entered bartender Hugo R. Ensslin’s New York City bar in 1916 humming “It’s a Long Road to Tipperary” and ordered a drink. The song was considered an anthem of soldiers in World War I longing to return home from the front to Ireland’s charming County Tipperary. Roughly 210,000 Irishmen fought with the British Empire in the war, all of them certainly feeling a similar sentiment and, likely, in need of a good drink.

The expert bartender, whose 1917 book Recipes for Mixed Drinks is still considered the gold standard, obliged the patron that night, and dubbed his drink of choice the Tipperary, in honor of the song. His original recipe included equal parts Jameson Irish Whiskey, sweet vermouth and Green Chartreuse liqueur. It was refined in 1922 to lessen the vermouth and Chartreuse (which is known to have an almost medicinal potency) and increase the whiskey, making a smoother finish on the palate.

As you mix this week’s recipe below, perhaps sing the chorus of the song that inspired it to yourself and dream of your own future journeys to the Emerald Isle. Until then, sláinte!

It’s a Long Road to Tipperary (Chorus)

It’s a long way to Tipperary,
It’s a long way to go.
It’s a long way to Tipperary,
To the sweetest girl I know!
Goodbye, Piccadilly,
Farewell, Leicester Square!
It’s a long long way to Tipperary,
But my heart’s right there.

The Tipperary Cocktail

1.5 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
1.0 oz. Sweet Vermouth
0.5 oz. Green Chartreuse liqueur

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass and shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve with twist of orange or lemon.

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