Behind the Times

[Photograph: Nick Caruana]

This smooth twist on the classic Up to Date drops the rye and sherry in favor of Irish whiskey and Dolin Blanc vermouth. Instead of rich Grand Marnier, I've substituted Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao.

Note: You can find Dram Apothecary bitters online. They're a bit like Peychaud's bitters on steroids, with added notes of ginger, herbs, licorice, wintergreen, and citrus. If you don't have them and feel like MacGyvering it, use 3 dashes of Peychaud's and a few drops of Angostura. The results won't be quite as complex, but it'll get you in the ballpark.

Behind the Times

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:2 minutes
Total time:2 minutes
Special equipment:Mixing glass, barspoon, strainer, citrus peeler
This recipe appears in: Classic Drinks: Up to Date Cocktail


  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 1/2 ounces Dolin Blanc vermouth
  • 1/3 ounce Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao
  • 2 dashes Dram Apothecary Hair of the Dog bitters (see note above)
  • Garnish: Lemon twist


  1. 1

    Add Irish whiskey, Dolin Blanc, dry curaçao, and bitters to a mixing glass. Fill 2/3 full with ice and stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds.

  2. 2

    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist and serve.

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