Gary Regan's fortnightly column "The Cocktailian" is particularly apt this time around, as the Professor mixes us a cocktail based on Irish whiskey and named after one of Ireland's greatest writers. Wes and I have been enjoying this one for a while now, having gotten the recipe from an account of one of Gary's Cocktails in the Country seminars. Gary calls for Black Bush, but I think Jameson's 1780 -- a Dublin whiskey, or at least it was -- might be a bit more appropriate.

I'll raise this one to toast my 2004 trip to Ireland (and to help drown out the little voices that'll be saying, "So, how the hell do ya t'ink you're going to pay for this, ya mad feckin' eejit?"), and to celebrate the fact that our Dublin apartment on North Great Georges Street was just a few doors down from the James Joyce Cultural Centre.

The James Joyce Cocktail

1-1/2 ounces Irish whiskey.
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth.
3/4 ounce Cointreau.
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice.

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
We like a stemless cherry garnish as well.

"Mistakes are the portals of discovery," wrote James Joyce. Little did he know how well this can apply to cocktails, as the most popular drink at the wonderful little tiki bar in Silverlake called Tiki Ti is called "Ray's Mistake"...


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