Cocktail of the Week: Spring DewBy Stephanie Moreno
Spring is a time for new beginnings. It can be the catalyst for creating a clean slate; a new year, so to speak. For those of us in the spirits industry, it is also the time where Irish Whiskey gets the spotlight with St. Patrick’s Day becoming something of a national holiday here in the U.S. But our love for the spirit isn’t limited to March. Irish whiskey’s popularity keeps increasing year after year, with volumes up at nearly 19% over last year according to DISCUS, the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. And it’s versatility and mixability has seen Irish whiskey fit in nicely on cocktail menus across the country. This week’s cocktail is a case in point.
RedFarm, with locations in the West Village and on the Upper West Side in New York, is a restaurant with an elevated and modern take on Chinese-American dim sum and stir fry. One may not automatically think Irish whiskey and dumplings, but RedFarm’s Head Bartender, Shawn Chen, had no problem thinking outside the box. He created the Spring Dew cocktail with a flavor profile that is “…refreshing, light, and appetite-inducing,” according to Chen.
“Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey is the perfect canvas for this cocktail because… its subtle honeyed sweetness and slight peat flavor really complement the flavor dimension I want to achieve in this cocktail,” says Chen.
Photo Credit: Zandy Mangold
HOW TO MAKE THE SPRING DEW COCKTAIL
“Spring Dew is also inspired by the spring weather in Ireland, it is generally mild and short-lived, but it always leaves people wanting more,” says Chen.
Mix up one of these drinks this spring to celebrate the season while it lasts.
– 2 oz Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
– .75 oz Rainwater Madeira
– .25 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
– .25 oz PAMA Liqueur (a pomegranate-flavored liqueur)
– .25 oz Gran Classico Bitter
– 2 dashes Mexican Mole Bitters
– Absinthe, to rinse the glass
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass and add ice. Stir vigorously and strain into an absinthe-rinsed rocks glass with a 2-inch cube. Garnish with a lemon zest.
Want to make your own Spring Dew cocktail?