A simple variation on the vodka martini, the Irish martini uses Irish whiskey in place of vodka. Of course, Irish whiskey is part of what makes it authentically Irish. It may only be a tiny bit of whiskey, but it makes a huge amount of difference. By using it to rinse your glass, you are adding flavor, color, and substance to the base of your martini. There is just a subtle complexity in this drink, and it’s quite satisfying. If you’re planning to make this naked cocktail, make sure the spirits are premium. Unlike other cocktails, Irish martinis do not rely on sugary juices or heavily processed ingredients to mask the poor quality of the spirits, and you will achieve a more enjoyable experience if you start with quality ingredients.
If vodka isn’t your thing, opt for gin in the Irish martini. Adding a kiss of Irish whiskey to the botanical flavor of that spirit makes it really interesting. For a more traditional flare, you may also try this recipe with scotch. A different version of the smoky martini will be used in this drink. Instead of vermouth, whisky will be used as a modifier instead. The best choice would be a blended scotch rather than a really smokey single malt.
What do you mean “dump” the whiskey? Okay, I get it! The excess whiskey has nothing to fear from being wasted, so go ahead and drink the rest or store it in a shot glass for later. In addition, if you want to make a few Irish martinis, you can transfer the same 1/2 ounce to each glass. Drinking this out of a chilled glass makes the drink even better. If you do not have room in your freezer for a few cocktail glasses, take the quick approach instead. When you have gathered all the ingredients and tools, fill the glass with a few ice cubes, then empty them before doing the whiskey rinse. You should only use fresh vermouth in a martini. Stale vermouth will make your drink taste bad. After the seal on the bottle is broken, the fortified wine has only three months of shelf life. As with any other fridgeable food, it should also be stored in the refrigerator.