Emerald Old Fashioneds Are What Sophisticated Revelers Drink on St. Patrick’s Day

  • Emerald Old Fashioned
  • Kathryn Maier

You are too old to drink green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. That’s not to say you shouldn’t celebrate the holiday—you should, it’s fun—just not with green beer. We suggest a more sophisticated cocktail. Joaquín Simó of New York City’s Pouring Ribbons bar created the Emerald Old Fashioned, which is a riff on a classic Old Fashioned, with a couple of lovely herbal liqueurs subbing in for the usual dashes of bitters. Because if you must drink something green on St. Paddy’s Day, let it be Green Chartreuse.

“The Emerald Old Fashioned is my attempt to bring civility and deliciousness back to a holiday desecrated with green beer and disrespectfully named shots,” says Simó. The cocktail has been added to Pouring Ribbons’ menu for the month of March; if you happen to fall in love with it and want one beyond that, Simó and his team will be happy to whip one up for you at any time if you ask nicely. But if you’re not near Manhattan—or don’t want to venture out on one of the most riotous days of the year—the Emerald Old Fashioned is easy to make at home:

Emerald Old Fashioned by Joaquín Simó

2 oz. Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

1 tsp. honey syrup (see below)

1 tsp. Green Chartreuse

1 tsp. Dolin Génépy de Alpes

Mint sprig, for garnish

To make the honey syrup, mix honey and water in a 1:1 ratio and heat in a saucepan until the honey melts into the water.

Pour all ingredients (except for garnish) into a rocks glass full of ice, and stir for about 12 to 14 seconds. Garnish with a mint sprig, spanked against the back of your hand and inserted into the drink.

While we’re talking Irish whiskey: Pouring Ribbons is also one of the only bars in the world serving Knappogue Castle 1951, one of the rarest Irish whiskeys in existence. They’re offering a 1/2 oz. pour of the rare 1951 for $55—a steal when you consider that there are only about 200 bottles left in the world and, if you can find one, they go for about $1,600 per bottle. (pouringribbons.com; knappoguewhiskey.com)

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