The Massey Cocktail is a spectacular homage to the traditions of Irish Whiskey while incorporating modern craft cocktail techniques. Sophisticated and layered for the connoisseur of fine drinks, you’ll find yourself delighted and amazed after making your first one.
Created by Portland bartender Jacob Grier as a tribute to his Irish grandmother, the cocktail brings this beautifully layered combination of ingredients: Irish whiskey, gin, sweet vermouth, Chartreuse and Campari into one masterful beverage.
This unique mishmash of boldly flavored ingredients play off of each other rather well in this spirit-forward cocktail. Mixed together, the layers of spirits invoke the bright piquancy of anise, citrus, juniper, and peat.
The secret to perfecting the Massey Cocktail is the selection of spirits Grier developed it with. Each spirit is intended to represent the best of its class. Substituting ingredients with any lesser quality would spell for disaster.
Depending on your local product availability, or what’s in your own bar, and you want to substitute some of the spirits, the gin and Irish whiskey are the only two options with leeway.
Switching out the Chartreuse and Campari isn’t doable, as the liqueurs are proprietary formulas with no close replacement. Cocchi Vermouth di Torino is one of the best bottles of sweet vermouth on the market today. This is my bar standard, and once you start with this one, you’ll not want to try another.
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Choosing an Irish Whiskey
The Massey Cocktail benefits from the nuances found in a finer Irish Whiskey. If you are looking for ideas, the article, Introduction to Irish Whiskey can help you pick out a good bottle.
- Stepped jigger
- Cocktail glass
- 1 ounce Irish Whiskey Green Spot
- 1 ounce Dry Gin Tanqueray 10
- 3/4 ounce Sweet Vermouth Cocchi
- 1/4 ounce Green Chartreuse
- 1/8 ounce Campari
- 1 Orange twist For garnish
- In a mixing glass, combine all the ingredients.
- Add ice and stir vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with an orange twist.
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