Emerald – Recipe from the ‘Old Waldorf Bar Guide’

A tribute to Erin’s Isle. 

Dash of Orange Bitters 

One-half Italian Vermuth 

One-half Irish Whiskey 


Erin’s isle refers to Ireland, hence the association, and is an abbreviation of the Irish / Gaelic word for Ireland. The drink itself is fairly formulaic, just a Rory O’Moore with different bitters. I find the proportions quite strange in both drinks, can’t really work out why you’d increase the vermouth next to the whiskey. As it happens its not a bar drink at all, if there’s one thing that 2018 has taught me, few bad things happen when mixing vermouth a whiskey, it’s almost like you have to make an actual effort for the combination to taste bad.

I did make these slightly larger than I recommend though, and partially because I had an empty stomach and with the sweetness from the vermouth being over proportioned against the whiskey I probably drank it a little quicker than I’d recommend. There’s a strange argument in there for putting more whiskey inside in order to stay more sober.