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blackthorn cocktail

Blackthorn Cocktail

Whether you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day or National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day, the Blackthorn Cocktail is one of the few classic drinks that uses Irish Whiskey as its base. Similar to a Perfect Manhattan (whiskey base with vermouth split half and half between sweet and dry), if you don't have any Irish Whiskey go ahead and substitute a Japanese grain whiskey or, in a pinch, some Bourbon.
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  • Mixing glass
  • Old Fashioned Glass


  • 2 oz Irish Whiskey If you don't have Irish whiskey around you can substitute another grain whiskey. Ideally a Japanese grain whiskey, but in a pinch Bourbon will do.
  • ½ oz Dry vermouth
  • ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dash Angostura bitters
  • 2 dash Absinthe
  • Garnish Lemon twist


  • Add all ingredients to your trusty mixing glass.
  • Add ice and stir to chill.
  • Strain into glass over ice, preferably a single large cube.
  • Garnish with lemon twist.
  • Drink.
  • Rinse and repeat.