The Irish Derby

Photograph: Elana Lepkowski

An Irish spin on a vintage cocktail recipe that originally called for bourbon.

The Irish Derby

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:shaker, strainer, cocktail glass, channel knife or paring knife
This recipe appears in: Drink the Irish Derby This St. Patrick's Day


  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey, such as Redbreast
  • 1/2 ounce Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao (or Cointreau)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice from 1/2 lime
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 4-inch lime twist for garnish


  1. 1

    Add whiskey, sweet vermouth, curaçao, lime juice, and bitters to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime twist.


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