Last Updated on March 26, 2023 by The Noms
This simple four ingredient boozy Irish whiskey cocktail is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Make the cold disappear this winter with this tasty sip!
This Irish whiskey cocktail is definitely an unlikely combination of ingredients. But, it’s all booze, so there’s that. (Try our Irish Coffee).
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We combined some Irish whiskey with chocolate liqueur (white creme de cocao) Cynar (artichoke liqueur) and absinthe, which brings hints of anise to the drink.
This is also not the typical chocolate cocktail with super sweet or creamy liqueurs, either. Instead, it has a drier, smooth taste with a dash of sweetness to make it slightly indulgent! Sign me up!
19th Century Cocktail
The 19th Century is a bourbon based variation on the 20th Century cocktail. The 20th Century is gin, Lillet Blanc, white creme de cocao and lemon juice.
Creme de Cocao
If you look back at the bar culture of the 80s and 90s, many people associate creme de cacao with chocolate martinis and dessert cocktails. (Even now, sometimes) These could be drinks like the Brandy Alexander or basic chocolate martini.
Creme de cacao is made in one of two ways: percolated or distilled. Percolated, (like coffee), is where there is a filter with cacao beans, but instead of dripping water through, you drip alcohol. This version is dark in color and has a bitter cocoa flavor.
Distilled is made by distilling the cacao itself and macerating the distillate in more cacao and sometimes vanilla beans. The distilled version is white creme de cacao for it being clear and has a milk chocolate flavor.
This liqueur has a lot of uses, it just may be overlooked because of the perceived view of it! But, no longer overlooked because of sweetness, creme de cacao is fun to use in experimentation in cocktails! We think it’s a fun ingredient to use, and encourage you to try this cocktail with it!
Irish Whiskey Cocktail
We really enjoyed this one, and while we think it’s great for St. Patrick’s Day, it’s even better all year long! We love the absinthe in it, and it’s such a fun flavor to play with for sure! We hope you try out this great white creme de cacao, Irish whiskey and absinthe cocktail! Make sure to check out our Bailey’s Irish Cream Recipes, St Patrick’s Day Vodka Drinks or Irish Cream Cocktail Recipes, too!
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Other Creme de Cocao Cocktails
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Sláinte - Irish Whiskey Cocktail
This delicious Irish Whiskey cocktail is perfect for celebrating St. Patrick's Day with the great flavors of absinthe and chocolate!
- 1.50 ounces Irish Whiskey
- .50 ounce Creme de Cocao
- .25 ounce Cynar
- spray of Absinthe
- Rinse glass with absinthe, or atomoize into glass filled with ice.
- Add other ingredients into shaker with ice, shake to combine. (Can be stirred in a mixing glass, but we preferred it shaken).
- Strain into glass.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 3.4gCarbohydrates: 12.2gProtein: .7g
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