The peaty smoke of Connemara single malt Irish whiskey is offset by chocolate and citrus flavors within the Movie Maker cocktail, a darkly subtle nightcap, based mostly on a drink as soon as loved by director Alfred Hitchcock. The completed cocktail, which is customized from one served by Oisin Kelly at Dublin’s Sidecar Bar, has a layer of crema on high, which varieties when the juices froth throughout shaking. Garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder—Kelly prefers Cadbury’s Fairtrade Bournville.
The Movie Maker
Citrus, chocolate, and peat outline this Irish whiskey-spiked drink.
Yield: serves 1
For the honey-marmalade syrup:
- Peel from 2 medium lemons, white pith eliminated
- Peel from 2 medium oranges, white pith eliminated
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. orange marmalade
For the cocktail:
- 1½ oz. Grand Marnier
- 1 oz. honey-marmalade syrup
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
- ¼ oz. contemporary lemon juice
- 1 tsp. peated single malt Irish whiskey, similar to Connemara
- 4 dashes chocolate bitters
- Cocoa powder, for dusting
- Make the honey-marmalade syrup: In a small bowl, muddle the lemon and orange peels to launch their oils. Add the honey, marmalade, and ½ cup of boiling water and stir to mix. Put aside to chill to room temperature, then pressure right into a jar and use instantly or refrigerate for as much as 1 month.
- To a cocktail shaker full of ice, add the Grand Marnier, 1 ounce of the reserved honey-marmalade syrup, the pineapple and lemon juices, whiskey, and bitters. Shake effectively till chilled, then pressure into a calming Nick and Nora or martini glass. Mud the floor flippantly with cocoa powder, if desired, then run the tip of a toothpick by means of the froth in a left-to-right movement to make an ornamental flourish. Serve instantly.