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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