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Whiskey Cocktail Hour, St. Patrick’s Day Edition: The Hermit

Because the pandemic tips shift simply earlier than Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, many, together with myself are nonetheless considering what the way forward for massive events appears to be like like. I’ve by no means been one to take pleasure in crowded occasions, however I do love an Irish whiskey and a pint of Guinness. This month’s Cocktail Hour is for these, like myself, who can be quietly celebrating and not using a crowd. 

The Hermit is an easy quaint with Irish whiskey, bitters, and syrup. The whiskey behind the cocktail is Glendalough Pot Nonetheless, and it’s the inspiration for the title. The cloaked determine of Saint Kevin graces the bottle’s label. Each time I see St. Kevin, I consider the “hooded man” card in my Wildwood tarot deck.

The hooded man, higher often known as the hermit within the main arcana, stands cloaked with a workers and lantern in entrance of a mighty oak tree within the snowy panorama. St. Kevin based a monastery within the Wicklow Mountains of Eire, like a hermit. This specific tarot card reveals the necessity to retreat inside oneself for introspection and the solutions one seeks. 

picture by way of Courtney Kristjana/The Whiskey Wash

St. Kevin lived as a hermit and was near nature. The pandemic has made me extra of a hermit, and with out bodily bartending in a few years, I appear to have misplaced my method. I had the substances in my thoughts for this cocktail, however I saved pondering I wanted so as to add extra. Nonetheless, it dawned on me that an Outdated Long-established is absolutely that straightforward. 

Aside from Glendalough whiskey, I wished to maintain the cocktail near nature as St. Kevin was. I selected two manufacturers of bitters, Bennett Bitters and Portland Bitters Undertaking. The Woodland bitters from Portland Bitters Undertaking are made with Douglas Fir suggestions. I don’t discover it overly piney, but it surely offers the flavour profile of the good outdoor. Bennett Exorcism Bitters are made with botanicals utilized in medieval exorcisms and religious ceremonies. They add an additional savory notice and mild spice.

A St. Patrick’s Day cocktail wouldn’t be the identical if it didn’t have slightly shamrock in it. For the straightforward syrup portion, I selected to make use of honey syrup, however it would be best to discover clover honey. Every petal of a four-leaf clover represents a selected that means in Irish tradition. They stand for religion, hope, love, and naturally luck. I take advantage of a 1:1 (honey:water) ratio when making my syrups, however if you’d like slightly sweeter go for a 2:1 ratio. I infused recent sprigs of rosemary into the honey syrup to pair with the mint I discovered within the whiskey. 

So what does a hermit like me do on St. Patrick’s Day? Effectively, if I’m not bartending, I often make an Irish whiskey cocktail, down a Guinness, and watch Waking Ned Devine. I additionally make a loaf of soda bread and a darkish chocolate Guinness cake. 

If The Hermit makes it to your lips this St. Patrick’s Day…Sláinte! 

St Patricks whiskey cocktail

picture by way of Courtney Kristjana/The Whiskey Wash

The Hermit


  • 2 ounces Glendalough Pot Nonetheless Irish Whiskey
  • 1 full dropper Woodland Portland Bitters Undertaking
  • 5 drops Bennett Exorcism Bitters
  • ¼ ounce Rosemary Clover Honey Syrup*
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish


  • Mixing Glass
  • Jigger
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Nice Mesh Strainer
  • Bar Spoon
  • Martini or Rocks Glass 
  • Large Dice (optionally available)


  1. In a mixing glass add all substances with ice and stir.
  2. Pressure with Hawthorne and high-quality mesh strainers. 
  3. Pour right into a glass of selection with or and not using a massive dice and garnish with a sprig of rosemary. 
  4. Take pleasure in responsibly. 

*In a medium pot, mix 1 half clover honey and 1 half water. Add a couple of sprigs of rosemary and stir till completely combined. Pressure right into a sterile bottle or jar. Let cool earlier than utilizing for cocktails. 

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