We had a garden party in New York this week. On Thursday evening in the verdant urban garden of The Standard, East Village, we welcomed old friends and new to the opening of our sheds, our shop and workshop. To mark the celebration Max Lamb was invited to design a special cocktail using Irish whiskey and botanicals.
When it comes to cocktails, we love the classics – recipes laced with elegance and glamour. The Manhattan is a most classic cocktail, presumably invented by Dr. Iain Marshall in 1874 in Manhattan Club in New York for a banquet hosted by Lady Randolph Churchill (Winston’s mother) in honor of the presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden.
Based around a mixture of bourbon and vermouth, the Manhattan is subject to considerable variation and innovation. Versatile, and of the city we are in, it was the perfect cocktail to spur ingenuity in creative souls – the perfect cocktail for Max to make his own.
“The light music of whiskey falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude.”
Swapping the bourbon for Jameson Select Reserve, Max then went to play with a selection of wild Irish botanical syrups. After much testing and tasting Pine syrup was selected as a robust balance to the whiskey. Produced in small batches by America Village Apothecary, in Connemara, Ireland, it is a beautiful extraction with a real depth of flavor. Hints of citrus in the syrup compliment the thin twist of Meyer lemon peel, a cross between a true lemon and an orange that adds a soft bitterness to the mix.
Poured over a large chunk of ice chiseled by Max from a giant block and garnished with a pine tip (new spring growth from a pine tree we found in a graveyard in Brooklyn), Max Lamb’s creation went down a treat! He calls it a Maxhattan, we simply like to drink it.
50ml Jameson Select Reserve Whiskey
25ml Dry White Vermouth
1 tsp Pine Syrup
Twist of Meyer lemon peel
1 large ice cube
Pine tip to garnish
Pour the Jameson Black Barrel Whiskey and vermouth into a mixing glass, along with some with ice. Add the pine syrup and stir well with a mixing spoon. Strain into a chilled lowball glass, over one extra large ice cube. Rub the Meyer lemon peel around the rim of the glass and twist it over the drink. Add the pine needle fascicle garnish.
To Jameson Select Reserve for their support and tasty whiskey.
Photography by Makers & Brothers
Quote from Dubliners, by James Joyce, 1918
Cocktail recipe by Max Lamb