Not unexpectedly, we've got lots of Irish whiskey around the house. I mean, I had plenty to begin with, but we came back from Ireland with whiskey go leor. While we do enjoy sipping it neat (particularly the good, old stuff) we also enjoy Irish whiskey cocktails, and there ain't a whole hell of a lot of them.

I found one in CocktailDB called "The Donegall" (which is the Belfast spelling, not the spelling of the actual county in the Republic of Ireland). It looked very interesting, but I needed to make some substitutions. First, it called for an ingredient called "Aurum", which is (or was) an Italian brandy-based orange liqueur. It also called for dry vermouth, and we were out (oops). I made another substitution, made the drink ... and it was lovely. It also wasn't a Donegall anymore (and in fact is now a close relative to the Lillet Tomlin). Wes provided the new name, with the more conventional spelling, and recalling a lovely Connemara sunset we watched which undoubtedly would have been as lovely from the coast of Donegal.

Donegal Sunset

1 ounce Irish whiskey.
1 ounce Lillet blanc.
1/2 ounce Mandarine Napoléon.
1/2 ounce Maraschino.

Combine ingredients with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker.
Stir vigorously for 30 seconds, strain into a cocktail glass
and garnish with an orange or mandarine peel.

We used Bushmills whiskey, as we had lots of it open. I bet it'd be good with any of the other major blends (Power's, Jameson's, et al.), but since this first trial I've fallen in love with Tullamore Dew, which in my humble opinion kicks the arse of regular white-label Bushmills.


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