Yes, it's newish, but not particularly new, having been based on another cocktail with only the base spirit and proportions changed, and it's very similar to three cocktails found in CocktailDB.
A while back a cocktailian and longtime reader sent in a recipe that I'd never seen anywhere else, but which he said was the preferred cocktail of Rat Packer Peter Lawford, who'd talk Vegas bartenders through it. I love finding stuff like this, and the drink, called the "Preview", was pretty darn good. I substituted Irish whiskey for the gin, brought the liqueur proportion down and thought of a perfect name. As for those other cocktails with similar ingredients ... well, they'd be far more difficult to talk a bartender through these days due to general lack of some of the ingredients, plus I think that anyone who garnishes an Irish whiskey-and-liqueur-based cocktail with an olive is a mad feckin' eejit.
This drink isn't terribly complex in flavor, but is actually quite nice and might be a way for people who find Irish whiskey to be a bit pungent to enjoy it in a lovely drink. Let's raise our glasses to Van the Man ...
St. Dominic's PreviewYeah, it's a long way to Buffalo, and a long long way to Belfast city too ...
2 ounces Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey.
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier.
2 dashes orange bitters.
Few dashes Herbsaint, Pernod or other pastis.
Shake a few dashes of pastis into a rocks (Old Fashioned / whiskey) glass, then swirl around to coat. Pour most of it out, leaving a little puddle of it in the bottom of the glass. Combine the whiskey, liqueur and bitters in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice, stir for no less than 30 seconds and strain into the coated glass. Twist the peel over the drink and garnish with the peel.
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