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Cameron Kick Cocktail

A 1920s cocktail accented with bitters and hazelnut oloroso sherry, this concoction from Jack McGarry and Greg Buda of Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog in New York balances rich Irish pot whiskey with a peated single malt (the bar uses Redbreast 12 and Bowmore 12, respectively).

Where to buy: Orgeat is available at select liquor stores and online. The bar recommends the orgeat of orgeatworks.com. We used one from Small Hand Foods.

Ice (cubes for shaking, a large sliver for serving)

3 dashes of Angostura bitters

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 ounce peated single malt Scotch whisky, such as Bowmore 12

1 ounce potted Irish whiskey, such as Redbreast 12

Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

Place a piece of ice in a large cocktail glass and transfer to the freezer to chill.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the bitters, lemon juice, orgeat, sherry, Scotch whiskey and Irish whiskey and shake vigorously. Strain twice into the chilled glass, grate a little nutmeg on top and serve.

Here’s a bright, bittersweet Irish whiskey drink from Jillian Vose, head bartender at Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog in New York City. Bitter campari and aromatic grapefruit complement each other. The bar uses Tullamore Dew, a blend of still, malt and grain whiskies.

Ice cubes for stirring, a large cube or a sphere for the drink

2 dashes of Peychaud bitters

1/2 ounce grapefruit liqueur, such as Combier Liqueur de Pamplemousse Rose

1 ounce blended Irish whiskey (such as Tullamore Dew Original)

Strip of grapefruit zest, to squeeze

Add a large ice cube or sphere to an Old Fashioned glass and set aside.

Fill a mixing glass with ice, then add the bitters, grapefruit liqueur, Campari, Lillet Rose and whiskey and stir to cool and dilute. Strain into the glass, then twist the strip of grapefruit zest over the surface of the drink to express the aromatic oils. Discard the skin and serve.

Recipes adapted from “Paddy Drinks: Modern Irish Whiskey Cocktails”, by Jillian Vose, Jack McGarry, Sean Muldoon and Conor Kelly (Harvest, 2022).