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Tipperary Cocktail Recipe

It may be a ‘long way to Tipperary’ but the journey to craft a Tipperary cocktail is short and sweet. If you follow our easy Tipperary cocktail recipe, you’ll be sipping the potent classic cocktail in mere minutes.

Tipperary Cocktail with White Background from Below

A Tipperary is likely not be on the tip of your tongue when you order a stiff cocktail at your local watering hole. But maybe it should be.

Older than a century, this classic pre-prohibition cocktail has withstood the test of time. And, equally important to cocktail enthusiasts, it’s an international drink with an Irish heartbeat. Irish whiskey is its primary ingredient.

Outside of its Irish spirit core, liquor additions of sweet red vermouth and angostura bitters add elements similar to a Manhattan. The addition of green chartreuse adds herbaceous flavors and makes the Tipperary unique.

What Is a Tipperary Cocktail?

Tipperary Cocktail in Martini Glass with Green Background
It’s easy being green or at least adding a green ingredient when you craft a Tipperary cocktail.

Many people have never heard of the Tipperary cocktail.

Despite its status as an official IBA (International Bartenders Association) cocktail, the Tipperary doesn’t appear on many modern cocktail lists. In fact, most people discover the classic cocktail while hunting for sophisticated sippers crafted with Irish whiskey. At least that’s how we discovered the Tipperary.

Tipperary Cocktail with Black Background
It was a happy day when we discovered the Tipperary cocktail.

While researching the cocktail, we couldn’t stop humming the British marching song It’s a Long Way to Tipperary and singing the following lyrics again and again and again:

It’s a long way to Tipperary,
It’s a long way to go.
It’s a long way to Tipperary,
To the sweetest girl I know!

Tipperary Cocktail with Green Background from Above
The Tipperary may be the most Irish cocktail not from Ireland.

Our wee bit of research revealed that the Tipperary wasn’t actually invented in Dublin or another Irish city. Rather, its roots are across the pond in a New York City bar. However, we like to think that the original bartender was inspired by County Tipperary or at least the song that’s next to impossible to stop humming.

Check out Recipes for Mixed Drinks and ABC of Mixing Cocktails on Amazon if you want to follow early versions of the Tipperary cocktail recipe.

Tipperary Cocktail Ingredients

Tipperary Cocktail Ingredients
This international roster completes the Tipperary’s recipe list. All that’s missing is the ice used to chill the cocktail.

Staying true to the Tipperary’s history, we use the following ingredients in our Tipperary cocktail recipe:

  • Irish Whiskey
  • Green Chartreuse
  • Sweet Red Vermouth
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Ice (for stirring)
  • Orange Twist (garnish)
Tipperary Cocktail Liquor Bottles
While Irish whiskey provides the Tipperary’s backbone, sweet red vermouth, green chartreuse and angostura bitters complete the recipe.

Despite its reputation as an Irish cocktail, the Tipperary recipe is more international than its name implies. The classic cocktail’s liquors hail from four countries in two different continents.

  • Irish Whiskey from Ireland
  • Green Chartreuse from France
  • Sweet Red Vermouth from Italy
  • Angostura Bitters from Trinidad and Tobago

How To Craft a Tipperary Cocktail

Tipperary Cocktail Mise en Place
Everything we use to craft Tipperary cocktails is on this board with the exception of ice.

You don’t need any special bar tools to craft a Tipperary cocktail at home. We use the following basic bar tools in our recipe:

You can improvise if you’re missing any or all of these basic bar tools. However, buying these tools is an inexpensive way to upgrade your home bar.

Discover 10 necessary bar tools for lazy mixologists.

Measuring Irish Whiskey for a Tipperary Cocktail
Once we measure the Irish whiskey, we’re on our way to Tipperary.

The first step is to measure the Irish whiskey, sweet red vermouth and green chartreuse. We use a Japanese Jigger in this and other cocktail recipes to avoid spillage and ensure accurate measurements.

Purchase a Japanese Jigger from Amazon if you don’t have a jigger or want an inexpensive upgrade.

Pouring Irish Whiskey to craft a Tipperary Cocktail
Pouring the Irish whiskey into a mixing glass takes us closer to Tipperary’s promised land.

You’ll want to pour each liquor directly into a mixing glass. You can use a large cup or shaker if you don’t have a mixing glass.

Purchase a mixing glass from Amazon if you’d like to add one to your mixology repertoire.

Dashing Bitters for a Tipperary Cocktail Recipe
Two dashes angostura bitters is more than enough to fuel the journey.

The second step is to add two dashes of angostura bitters directly into mixing glass.

Purchase angostura bitters from Amazon if you need a bottle of the versatile cocktail ingredient.

Stirring a Tipperary Cocktail
Stirring the Tipperary provides the final push.

Next, add a handful of ice and stir until the liquids are thoroughly mixed and chilled.

We use a cocktail mixing spoon to stir this and other cocktails.

Buy an inexpensive cocktail mixing spoon from Amazon if you don’t already have one in your home bar.

Straining a Tipperary Cocktail
Straining is the last stop along the way to Tipperary.

Immediately strain the cocktail into a glass.

We like to use a small martini glass but a coupe glass would work well too.

Expressing Orange Peel for Tipperary Cocktail
Success! We made it to Tipperary.

The final step is to express the glass with an orange peel and add an orange twist as garnish.

Tipperary Cocktail Alternatives

Crafted Tipperary Cocktail
Will you be satisfied when you arrive in Tipperary? If not, the cocktail world awaits with an endless number of options to craft and imbibe.

After you follow the not-so-long way to Tipperary, you can craft one of the the following similar cocktails if you’re feeling experimental or if you’re missing any of the Tipperary’s ingredients:

  • Craft a Bijou cocktail with gin, sweet red vermouth, and green chartreuse.
  • Craft an Emerald cocktail with Irish whiskey, sweet red vermouth and orange bitters.
  • Craft a Manhattan cocktail with whiskey, sweet red vermouth and angostura bitters.
  • Craft an Old Fashioned cocktail with whiskey, a sugar cube and angostura bitters.
  • Craft a Rob Roy cocktail with Scotch whisky, sweet red vermouth and angostura bitters.

Tipperary Cocktail Recipe

Tipperary Cocktail with White Background

Tipperary Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Tipperary cocktail channels Ireland but its reach is truly international. Learn how to craft the stiff sipper at home in just five minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet red vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce green chartreuse
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • ice cubes
  • orange twist

Instructions

    1. Pour Irish whiskey, green chartreuse and sweet red vermouth into a mixing glass.
    2. Add dashes of angostura bitters.
    3. Add a handful of ice cubes and stir until liquids are mixed and chilled.
    4. Strain into a glass of your choice.
    5. Express the glass with orange peel.
    6. Garnish with an orange twist.

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About the Authors

About the Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Original Publication Date: March 9, 2022

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