In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we selected a liqueur that is made in Ireland, conjures up Irish history and adds a modern twist to an Irish classic. Irish Mist is linked with the history of Ireland, itself. In ancient Ireland, the Chieftains, nobles and warriors drank a wine made of honey and herbs. With the English conquer of Ireland in the 1500’s and the fleeing of the Irish nobility and soldiers in the 1600’s, the recipe seemed to disappear and was lost. According to lore, the recipe was lost until Desmond Williams of the Tullamore Distillery came across a manuscript containing the recipe that magically appeared in the 1940’s. Mr. Williams took this recipe and adopted it, using Irish Whiskey at it’s base.
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Today, in the heyday of the cocktail renaissance, there is probably more adored spirit than the Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur. This liqueur is it’s baby brother and while the two share the same DNA with the use of the sour marasca cherry, they are very different. The Luxardo Cherry Liqueur is similar to a cherry brandy. The juice of the marasca cherries are fermented and then aged in oak barrels, which gives the Cherry Liqueur a very different flavor profile than the Luxardo Maraschino.
Midori debuted in 1978 in New York’s famed 54 Club with none other than John Travolta in attendance. For the next nine years, Midori all but disappeared and could only be purchased in Japan until it was relaunched onto the public market in 1987. Midori is made by Suntory and it’s made ingredient is a special variety of honeydew melon that is grown in Japan.
Unlike last year, this year’s winter is fairly mild. But, burr… it’s still cold out there in certain parts of the United States. The Hiram Walker “Original Cinn” Cinnamon Schnapps will help keep you warm this winter.
I bet you didn’t know that cocktails are being made from Artichokes. Over the last few years, Amari (bitter liqueurs) has swept the cocktail world! One its rising stars is Cynar, an Amaro from Italy made from artichokes with a few other herbs and plants thrown into the mix.
In honor of January 17, the day that Prohibition went into effect, we thought that we would review an old timey liqueur that was recently revived. Creme Yvette was originally conceived by the Sheffield Company of Connecticut in the 1800’s and purchased by Charles Jacquin et Cie in the 1930’s. I wish I could tell you more about the Sheffield Company but there wasn’t much out there and given the timing of the sale to Charles Jacquin et Cie, one of the oldest liqueur companies in the United States, I would guess that they didn’t fair well during Prohibition.