I have been having a lot of fun lately working with a classic cocktail called the Brandy Crusta. The old cocktail books I have read seem to hint that Brandy was originally the choice spirit for mixing cocktails, and many of the old Brandy recipes were later altered to suit other spirits. Hence the Brandy Crusta spawned the Rum Crusta, and also the Whiskey Crusta.
This is my take on the Crusta with respect to how it should be constructed with Irish Whiskey. I call my recipe, the Emerald Crusta.
2 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
3/8 oz Sugar Syrup
1/4 oz Orange Curacao
dash Angostura Bitters
Spiral Lime Peel
optional Q-Ginger (sub Ginger-ale or Ginger Beer)
Rim a cocktail glass with a wedge of Lime
Powder the rim of the glass with fine sugar
Place a Spiral lime Peel in the bottom of the glass
Place the first 5 ingredients in a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the sides of the shaker frost
Strain onto the spiral lime peel in the cocktail glass
If desired, complete with a splash of Q-Ginger
Add a lump of ice in the center of the lime spiral
Note: If you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!