This month’s cocktail celebrates both St. Patrick’s Day and utilizing what you already have in the pantry. Not everyone has a fully stocked bar with spirits and liqueurs to choose from, and you might not want to run to the store to buy a bunch of bottles you potentially will not use again. But with a little ingenuity, you can almost always make a delicious cocktail with what you have on hand. Don’t have vanilla beans? Use an extract. Don’t want to buy Chareau? Muddle a few mint leaves into the syrup right before shaking. This whiskey-forward cocktail is slightly herbaceous – with just the right amount of sweet-and-sour balance.
- 1 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla bean pod, split lengthwise, scraped and dropped into mixture
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- 2 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey
- ½ oz Orange Vanilla Syrup (recipe below)
- ¼ oz lime juice
- 1 Barspoon Chareau Aloe Liqueur
- green maraschino cherries (for garnish)
| Preparation – Orange Vanilla Syrup | Bring juice and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally to prevent any scorching. When sugar dissolves, add vanilla pod and simmer for a few minutes. Take off heat, and let syrup cool completely. Strain and store in refrigerator. Keeps for about one month.
| Preparation – Greensleeves | Place maraschino cherry in the bottom of a coupe glass. Shake whiskey, syrup, lime and Chareau in a shaker tin with ice for 10 seconds. Double strain into coupe. Serve immediately.