The Blarney Stone
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The Blarney Stone
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The Blarney Stone cocktail is an intriguing mix that marries the bold botanicals of gin with the rich, robust flavors of whiskey. Often regarded for its strong spirit-forward taste, this ... more The Blarney Stone cocktail is an intriguing mix that marries the bold botanicals of gin with the rich, robust flavors of whiskey. Often regarded for its strong spirit-forward taste, this demanding concoction might appeal to those who appreciate a potent and complex flavor profile. The addition of Angostura bitters introduces a hint of spice and herbaceous undertones, bringing balance to the potent mix. Served in a lowball glass, this cocktail typically presents itself as a sophisticated choice with a nod to classic mixology. The garnish of a cherry adds a touch of sweetness and color to the otherwise intense and earthy drink.
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Cocktail cherry
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40% | 3.6 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a The Blarney Stone

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add a few drops of Angostura bitters, two parts gin and one part whisky to a lowball glass with ice
Stir well and garnish with a cherry before serving

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Bitters  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is The Blarney Stone stirred and not shaken?

The Blarney Stone cocktail is stirred rather than shaken to preserve the clear, smooth texture of the drink. Stirring gently combines the gin, whiskey, and Angostura bitters without introducing air bubbles, which can make the cocktail appear cloudy. This method also prevents dilution from happening too quickly, maintaining the cocktail's intended flavor profile and strength.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve The Blarney Stone?

The Blarney Stone is best served in a lowball glass, which complements the drink's strong flavors and alcoholic content. For an optimal experience, chill the glass beforehand. Then, pour the cocktail over a large ice cube to keep it cold without quickly diluting the mixture. This method provides a refreshing experience while allowing the drinker to enjoy the nuanced flavors of the cocktail.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of The Blarney Stone compare to other classic cocktails?

The Blarney Stone has an alcohol content of 40%, which positions it on the higher end of the spectrum compared to many classic cocktails. For example, a classic Martini might vary between 30% to 40% alcohol by volume depending on the recipe, while a Manhattan features around 32%. This makes The Blarney Stone a stronger choice, suited for those who prefer a cocktail with a more potent alcoholic kick.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Can I use any type of whiskey in The Blarney Stone cocktail?

While the original recipe for The Blarney Stone specifies whiskey without specifying a type, the choice of whiskey can significantly affect the flavor of the cocktail. For a traditional approach, an Irish whiskey might be preferred to honor the cocktail's name. However, you can experiment with bourbon for a sweeter profile or a rye whiskey for a spicier kick. The key is to consider how the whiskey's flavor profile complements the gin and bitters in the cocktail.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are best suited for serving The Blarney Stone?

Given its strong alcohol content and the robust flavors from the gin, whiskey, and Angostura bitters, The Blarney Stone is well-suited for colder months or evening events where a warming, spirited beverage is appreciated. It can be a great choice for celebrations like St. Patrick's Day, given the Irish connotation of its name, or at gatherings among whiskey and gin enthusiasts looking for something unique and potent to savor.

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