Yep, this weekend is St. Patrick’s Day. While many of the city’s cocktail lovers will be hiding indoors while drunken hooligans take over town (it’s on a Saturday this year – egad!), you should still celebrate the tipsy holiday with a tipple or two. If you want to be lazy, you can always pour a few swigs of Baileys into your morning coffee, but modern mixology has moved far beyond such sloppy drink making. Instead, we propose cooking up a Flippin’ Irish, a modern-day take on the Irish Coffee from Employees Only bartender Dushan Zaric.
The mustachioed maestro has created a beverage that both celebrates Irish heritage (note the whiskey) and makes use of interesting trends currently taking hold of cocktail circles (witness the bitters). Most importantly, it will get you hopped up on both caffeine and booze – so maybe you’ll want to go join the cavorting crowds after all. Check out the recipe below and, if you’re going to set foot on the streets this Saturday, all we can say is Godspeed.
Created by Dushan Zaric
1 ounce Baileys with a hint of Mint Chocolate
1 ounce Bushmills Irish Whiskey
1 double Espresso
1/2 ounce Demerara Syrup
1 Whole Egg
2 ounces Heavy Cream
20 dashes Mint Bitters
1 Crown of Fresh Mint, for garnish
Ground Dark Chocolate, for garnish
1. Using a hand blender, whip the heavy cream with the mint bitters into consistency then set aside.
2. Add the Baileys with a hint of Mint Chocolate, Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Demerara Syrup, espresso and the whole egg into a mixing glass.
3. Add large cold ice and shake vigorously for 2 minutes.
4. Strain into a cocktail coupe and carefully add a tablespoon of whipped mint cream on top.
5. Using a microplane grater, grate dark chocolate on top and garnish with a fresh crown of mint.