The Emerald Recipe

Wes Rowe

For a holiday so frequently associated with tipsy merriment, St. Patrick's Day is certainly celebrated with a bum bunch of drinks.

Okay, there's Guinness—I'll give you that as the primary redeeming tipple for the day, with a tip of the hat also to the decent drams of Red Breast. But what else do you see being poured? Buckets of American lager tinted with vegetable dye, mugs of Irish coffee so laden with sugar and whipped cream that a drinker will lapse into a diabetic coma before inebriation sets in, and in the more raucous places the young folks frequent, the unfortunately named Irish Car Bombs.

There are pitifully few decent cocktails mixed with Irish whiskey—like scotch, it just doesn't play well with other ingredients—but here's one that's not only suitable for the day, but absolutely enjoyable: the Emerald.

Of course, there are a number of different drinks that have traveled under that sobriquet over the years (here's one), but this version is quite pleasant, and worth coming back to even on days when people aren't speaking with painfully fake brogues. Essentially a Manhattan made with Irish whiskey, and with orange bitters in place of Angostura, the Emerald is the kind of drink that doesn't need a dose of green dye to be shamrock appropriate.

Recipe Details

The Emerald Recipe

Total 5 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey

  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth

  • 2 dashes orange bitters


  1. Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with cracked ice. Stir well for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a piece of orange or lemon peel, or nothing at all.

Special Equipment

Mixing glass

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
179 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 179
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 28mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)