Sara's Signature Cocktail

The Costello


St. Patrick’s Day is one of the holiest days on the drinking calendar, so it’s no surprise that this month’s Sara’s Signature Cocktail is paying homage to a day that is so important to holiday revelers and heavy drinkers alike.

If you’ve ever been to a bar on St. Patrick’s Day—or anywhere outside the confines of your home—you know the standard drink order is beer. And not just any beer—green beer, usually made that way with food coloring so you feel like you’re drinking in the green spirit of the day. Now I don’t know about all of you, but the sight of green beer (even though I know the flavor will be the same as non-green beer) just doesn’t sit right with me. So in the spirit of the holiday, I’ve decided to channel not only the aesthetics of St. Patrick’s Day, but the diversity of the people that come together to mark the joyous, sometimes raucous occasion.

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Today’s cocktail is inspired by an Irish friend of mine who, like me, agrees that the typical St. Patrick’s Day mindset of “let’s just throw some green in it” is not the way to go about it. Upon asking her what her ideal St. Patrick’s Day cocktail would be, she simply said “Just pour me some whiskey in a glass. That’s what we Irish like to drink anyway!” While I can’t argue with that logic, I figure this day deserves some extra cocktail love as well.

Inspired by The Massey, a cocktail created by Portland bartender Jacob Grier in tribute to his Irish grandmother, our drink is made up of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Bols Genever, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, Cynar and Green Chartreuse. The ingredients pull from several different countries, i.e., Ireland, Holland, Italy and France. Their cultures may be different, but the spirits they produce come together to give us quite a tasty cocktail. Mix up one of these during your St. Patrick’s Day festivities and you’ll be sure to get into the holiday spirit! Sláinte!

Have any cocktails that you love to make for St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know about them in the comments section!

The Costello

1 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 oz Bols Genever
¾ oz Noilly Prat dry vermouth
¼ oz Green Chartreuse
⅛ oz Cynar
Grapefruit twist

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients except the grapefruit twist. Stir for 30 seconds until well-combined. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the grapefruit twist.

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  • Snooth User: manwolf
    482934 20

    OK watched your video & Campari for cynar I can do. BUT what is Genever? Any substitute possible. Iam in Brisbane Queensland Australia.

    Mar 07, 2013 at 5:56 PM

  • Snooth User: Sara Kay
    Hand of Snooth
    1073521 1,420

    @manwolf, excellent question! Bols Genever's closest relative is gin, but it is a bit more floral and creamy. A good alternative if you can't get a hold of Bols Genever would be gins like Nolet's Silver or Hendrick's, or even Hayman's Old Tom Gin. Make one for yourself and let me know what you think!

    Mar 07, 2013 at 8:59 PM

  • @Sara Kay @ Manwolf NIce! Hayman's Old Tom Gin is a great fit for Bols Genever, but will still miss that kick that only Bols has.

    Mar 08, 2013 at 12:14 AM

  • Snooth User: JasonStone
    1258926 11

    Oh, Jameson...true Irish Whiskey, indeed! This whiskey is so good no matter how you drink it (regular, in a cocktail or even mixed in a whiskey still). Very few whiskeys have such an effect on me ;)

    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:47 AM

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