It’s St. Patrick’s Day and, to celebrate, here is a cocktail I created for the occasion. It’s a Martini, but, given the high ABV of the Irish Poteen at its core, it uses a higher-than-normal proportion of vermouth. This is great if you are enjoying a freshly-opened bottled of top shelf dry vermouth and want to appreciate its flavour. It is essential to use fresh vermouth that hasn’t oxidised.
[10ml Knockeen Hills 90% Poteen, 20ml Dry Vermouth – SHAKE]
This is a clean and crisp drink; initially, it’s pure, crisp and clean spirit, then a touch of cream creeps in. There’s a wonderful harmony between the dry, herbal vermouth and the fruit and cream notes of the Poteen. Whilst this is definitely a twist on the traditional Martini, it’s a very fun and tasty one.