Noella Schink is an American bartender sharing her knowledge of all things Irish, including how to make her favorite Jameson-infused creations, and where to get them when you visit Dublin.
Maybe he drove the snakes from Ireland, maybe he was a whiskey-slugging missionary — the legends all say something different about St. Patrick. Either way, the ritual remains around the world that on his day, you deck yourself out in green shamrocks, claim to be Irish even if you aren’t and drink your fill — and who’s to argue with 1,000 years of tradition? It’s the most widely celebrated saint’s day on earth! Whether you make it to Dublin this year or you’ll just be enjoying the revelry stateside, here are a few ways to enjoy the generously flowing Irish whiskey and beer alongside the Irish nationals. Slainte! (more…)
Vodka is no longer king. Nothing against neutral grain spirits, but a lack of discernible flavor is not necessarily the only tool in the modern bartender’s speed rack, and thanks to resurgence of interest in classic cocktails, more consumers are seeking alternatives—and adjectives other than “smooth” to describe their favorite spirits.
Equal to this renewed demand is whiskey, which is less a specific kind of spirit than a grouping of many spirits whose depth, complexity and versatility make them indispensable to both professional bartenders and amateur enthusiasts. The problem is that walking into the whiskey section of even a small liquor store can be a daunting experience without a basic working knowledge of the differences between whiskies and their application in cocktails. So to get you started, here’s a rundown of the four basic types of whiskeys. Keep in mind that there are exceptions to (most) every rule, and that whiskey is a broad and detailed subject with more than its share of academic minutia; however, this primer should be more than enough to help you navigate the pitfalls of the whiskey aisle.