The Blackthorn Cocktail Recipe & St. Patrick’s Day: A Perfect Pair

Josh Thinnes, our spirits expert and general manager of PlumpJack Wine & Spirits in Noe Valley sent over this classic cocktail in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The Blackthorn Cocktail is a rare cocktail choice that was once made with slow gin when
politics and wars made it difficult for the English to get their hands on Irish Whiskey. So, if you find you’d rather order it than make it, make sure and specify you’d like the Irish Whiskey version. Here is Josh’s rendition with his favorite spirits:

The Blackthorn Cocktail

2oz Irish Whiskey we prefer Tullamore Dew
1oz Sweet Vermouth we suggest Carpano Antica Formula
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Rinse the glass with Absinthe

Garnish with a lemon twist, and serve straight up in a chilled martini glass

Bring the luck of the Irish to your home with this festive drink or try something new at the bar by ordering an old standby, the Blackthorn. Cheers!

About PlumpJack Wine & Spirits – Noe Valley
Established in May of 2001, PlumpJack Wine & Spirits Store in Noe Valley is a neighborhood institution. General Manager and buyer Josh Thinnes takes great pride in sourcing an exciting assortment of wines, spirits and craft beers. You’ll find the largest selection of Belgian Ales and microbrews on the shelves and in the cooler, along with vintage Ports and Madeiras dating back to the early 1900s, unusual artisan spirits and liqueurs from small producers around the world including an American Whiskey collection that rivals any wine and spirits store in San Francisco and beyond, plus more than 80 Single

Malt Scotches.


2 thoughts on “The Blackthorn Cocktail Recipe & St. Patrick’s Day: A Perfect Pair

  1. Michelle Wortner

    Loved hearing Josh interviewed this week on the Half Hour Intern. I learned so much! You should put a link on here so people can hear it! Also, Josh did a whiskey tasting with Blake, the host of HHI. Does he do whiskey tastings at Plumpjack? If so, I want in!

    1. McKenzie Ward Post author

      Hi Michelle – yes, Josh frequently does tastings and will be doing some cool events this year. Please stay tuned. I will submit your email to him, so he can personally reach out when these events are in the books. Thanks so much for your comment – McKenzie


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