Thursday, March 24, 2011


2 oz John Powers Irish Whiskey
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1 bsp Combier Triple Sec
2 dash Fee's Orange Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

For my second drink at Green Street on Sunday night, I asked bartender Derric Crothers to make me the Weeski. The recipe, which lurks in their recipe book (a larger resource than the A-to-Z list), was created by David Wondrich and published in his 2005 Killer Cocktails book. Wondrich improvised the drink when he was entertaining and wanted to make Manhattans for his guests. Using what was left in the liquor cabinet at the time, the Weeski was born. While St. Patrick's Day was on Thursday a few days before, most of Boston actually celebrates it on Sunday especially with the parade in South Boston (even the Star Wars costumer legion marches). Therefore, it felt apropos to order the Weeski and it made for a good bookend with the Irish Wolfhound I had on Thursday.
The lemon twist dominated the Weeski's aroma and dwarfed the Irish whiskey notes. On the tongue, the sip was a mix of citrus notes and the whiskey's malt, and the swallow was a combination of the whiskey and orange flavors. Overall, the Weeski was a very light and easy to drink Manhattan variation, and the Lillet, triple sec, and bitters had the right potency to balance the often overwhelmed Irish whiskey.

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