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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
Tipperary Cocktail Ingredients
Staying true to the Tipperary’s history, we use the following ingredients in our Tipperary cocktail 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
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.
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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.
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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.
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The second step is to add two dashes of angostura bitters directly into mixing glass.
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Next, add a handful of ice and stir until the liquids are thoroughly mixed and chilled.
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Immediately strain the cocktail into a glass.
We like to use a small martini glass but a coupe glass would work well too.
The final step is to express the glass with an orange peel and add an orange twist as garnish.
Tipperary Cocktail Alternatives
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:
Tipperary Cocktail Recipe
- 1.5 ounces Irish whiskey
- 1 ounce sweet red vermouth
- 1/2 ounce green chartreuse
- 2 dashes angostura bitters
- ice cubes
- orange twist
- Pour Irish whiskey, green chartreuse and sweet red vermouth into a mixing glass.
- Add dashes of angostura bitters.
- Add a handful of ice cubes and stir until liquids are mixed and chilled.
- Strain into a glass of your choice.
- Express the glass with orange peel.
- Garnish with an orange twist.
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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.