Are you tired of whiskey recipes yet? The BeerLady certainly hopes not – there’s still plenty of ways to get a bit of the Irish in ye for St. Patrick’s Day. Or any other day, for that matter.

The Savoy Cocktail Book from the 1930s seems to be the first place that this cocktail makes an appearance in print. It was almost forgotten until David Wondrich’s Killer Cocktails. Wondrich serves it garnished with a piece of orange peel.

Recipe: Cameron’s Kick

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. blended Scotch
  • 1 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. orgeat

Instructions

  1. Shake all ingredients with ice
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1

Side note: If you’re looking at the ingredients and thinking “Scotch? Irish? What’s the difference, isn’t whiskey just whiskey?” then you need to set down your glass and back slowly away from the bar. Not to be cruel, but if you don’t taste a difference between a bit of neat Scotch and a bit of neat Irish whiskey, then you might as well stick to drinking whatever gets poured at your favorite local bar, maybe topped off with some 7-Up or Coke. There’s nothing wrong with that – it serves untold numbers of people quite well and probably will save you money in the long run. Drink what you enjoy. That’s the whole point.

Second side note: The BeerLady has already been asked several times why the St. Patrick’s Day card has a pig jumping over a four-leaf clover. To be honest, I’m not positive. I’m assuming that it’s because the Irish believe the pig to be a lucky animal, probably because of an an old Celtic legend involving a herd of magic pigs that never diminished. Someone said to be ‘on the pig’s back’ is a successful man.