Wicked Waldo’s Whiskeys 9: Irish Cocktail (and one more tale)

20 Oct

Irish Cocktail

3/4 ounce Irish Whiskey

3/4 ounce Green Chartreuse   *

3/4 ounce sweet Vermouth

Stir well with cracked ice.

Serve in 3 ounce cocktail glass.


*  Chartreuse  is a French liqueur made by the Carthusian Monks since the 1740s. It is composed of distilled alcohol aged with 130 herbal extracts. The liqueur is named after the Monks’ Grande Chartreuse monastery, located in the Chartreuse Mountains in the general region of Grenoble in France. The liqueur is produced in a factory in the nearby town of Voiron (Isère).

Chartreuse gives its name to the color chartreuse. It is one of the handful of liquors that continues to age and improve in the bottle.

The two types of Chartreuse are:

  • Green Chartreuse (110 proof or 55%) is a naturally green liqueur flavored with extracts from 132 plants with its coloring coming from chlorophyll.
  • Yellow Chartreuse (40%), which has a milder and sweeter flavor and aroma.


A young Irish monk attempted to copy the recipe of the French Chartreuse monks. One day he went to the still and found a fat green bird drinking from the still. He captured it and took it to the abbey. The Abbot told him it was a very rare bird; therefore called a Rarey.

The young monk released the rare bird. The next day the Rarey was at the still again; however, he was now twice the size that he had been. The young monk scratched his head in wonder but allowed the rare green bird to continue his enjoyment.

By the time a week was up the bird was as big as a cow. Upon seeking advice from the Abbot as to what to do the young monk was told to load the Rarey into the back of the dump truck and send him over the nearest cliff.

After much work the Rarey was in the dump truck and the truck was backed up to the cliff. The young monk, ruefully, pulled the handle to tip the dump bed up so that the Rarey would fall to his death.

The Rarey called out “How tall is this cliff?”

The young monk, due to his vows of honesty, said “Over 100 feet tall.”

The Rarey broke into the old Irish tune;   “It’s a Long Way to Tiparrarey.”


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