Irish cream meets whiskey. Nicole Buckler reports on this dangerous mission. You are welcome.
Irish cows. They can eat grass all year round. Said grass is delicious, because it rains so damn much. They have clean air, beautiful fields, they can frolic and be Irish as much as they like. And it is because of this sweet life, that Irish dairy products are so damn good. Even tried milk from overseas? Ew. Let’s stick with the best dairy products in the world, which are of course, Irish.
This dairy philosophy is the one an American booze maker called the Holladay Distillery are going with. They make a premium product called Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur. And they actually get the cream from Ireland. From County Cork cows.
Irish Cream Goodness from Cork
For those who are reading this from abroad, County Cork is Ireland’s largest and southernmost county. It is home to family-owned farms that dot the coastline where the land meets the sea. The county sits on the edge of the world. It has a rugged backdrop, enjoyed by the farmers who have toiled Irish land for generations.
This is where Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur gets their prime ingredient. The cream is sourced entirely from five family-owned farms in County Cork. The cream is combined with premium Irish Whiskey within 48 hours of collection. This makes it authentic Irish Cream Liqueur.
County Cork is also home to the centuries-old tradition of distilling authentic Irish Whiskey. The pot stills traditionally used for distillation gave the spirit a taste of Ireland that can be transported anywhere in the world. Five Farms contains a greater amount of Irish Whiskey than other brands on the market. They are going for an intensity of whiskey flavour. Yes. All we heard here at Old Moore’s Almanac is that there is more whiskey than in the other Irish creams. We will take 10.
The Holladay Distillery, based in Missouri, are the makers of this premium product. And to help market their product across America, they have brought out some recipes for cocktails, to help flog their Irish Cream product. We will fall on the sword for you, dear readers, trying them out. Refrain from thanking us, we do it to make your life better. We are a gift.
#1 Irish Chocolate Truffle Martini
Introducing the ultimate dessert cocktail that is simple to craft, but sure to impress. The Irish Chocolate Truffle Martini combines the decadent taste of chocolate with the rich flavour of Irish Cream Liqueur. A martini and a dessert all in one.
3.0 oz Irish Cream Liqueur
1.0 oz 360 Double-Chocolate-Flavoured Vodka
In a shaker, add ice, Irish cream and 360 Double Chocolate. Shake until chilled and serve in a martini glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings.
#2 Emerald Isle
Mix up an Emerald Isle for a sweet, creamy, shamrock-green-coloured cocktail.
2.0 oz Irish Cream Liqueur
1.0 oz Lemon-Flavoured Vodka
0.5 oz Crème de Menthe
0.5 oz Maple Syrup
In a shaker add the Irish cream, Lemon-Flavoured Vodka, Crème de Menthe, and maple syrup and dry shake for 30 seconds. Add ice to the shaker and shake again for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a fresh lemon twist.
#3 Irish Cream Céilí
Step outside of the box with this unexpected combination that serves as a great alternative to a traditional Irish coffee.
1.0 oz Irish Cream Liqueur
0.5 oz Ginger Liqueur
0.5 oz Whiskey
4.0 oz Cold Brew Coffee
In a shaker, combine ingredients and shake over ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.
#4 Irish Float
If you enjoy your desserts with an adult kick, the Irish Float was made for you. This combination can be made two different ways, served over fresh ice or over vanilla ice cream.
2.0 oz Irish Cream Liqueur
0.5 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
0.5 oz 360 Vanilla-Flavoured Vodka
2.0 oz Root Beer
1 scoop Vanilla Ice Cream (optional)
In a shaker add Irish cream, vanilla-flavoured vodka, Butterscotch Schnapps, and ice. Shake and strain into a glass with fresh ice OR in a glass with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Whether you choose to enjoy over ice or ice cream, top with root beer and whipped cream.
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Nicole Buckler has been working as a journalist for over 20 years, writing from Sydney, Melbourne, Taipei, London, and Dublin.
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