Tipperary Cocktail Recipe

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I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Tipperary cocktail was first created in the early 1900s and is named after the Irish county of Tipperary. It is believed to have been popularized by American soldiers during World War I, who enjoyed the combination of Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, and green Chartreuse. The cocktail is often associated with St. Patrick's Day celebrations and is a favorite among whiskey enthusiasts.

How Tipperary Tastes?

The Tipperary cocktail is a well-balanced mix of flavors, offering a slightly sweet and herbal taste with a hint of bitterness. The Irish whiskey provides a smooth, warm base, while the green Chartreuse adds a touch of herbal complexity. The sweet vermouth rounds out the flavors, making it a delightful and sophisticated cocktail.

Interesting facts about Tipperary

  • The Tipperary cocktail is named after a county in Ireland, which is known for its lush green landscapes and rich history.
  • The green Chartreuse used in the cocktail is a French liqueur made by Carthusian monks since the 1700s, using a secret recipe of 130 different herbs, plants, and flowers.
  • The cocktail is often associated with St. Patrick's Day celebrations, but it can be enjoyed year-round as a sophisticated and flavorful whiskey-based drink.


Irish whiskey

The heart of the Tipperary cocktail, Irish whiskey brings a smoothness and slight vanilla and caramel notes to the mix. A 1.5 oz pour is just enough to ensure the whiskey sings in harmony with the other ingredients without overpowering them. Too much, and you'll drown out the other flavors; too little, and the drink lacks backbone. Substitute with Scotch for a smokier twist, but farewell to the Irish charm.

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Green Chartreuse

This herbal liqueur is the soul of the cocktail, with its complex blend of 130 herbs giving an enchanting depth. At 0.75 oz, it's half the whiskey's measure, as it's pretty potent stuff. Full on and you risk the drink tasting like a monastery garden; too shy and you'll miss the mystical dance of flavors. No great substitutes here; Chartreuse is unique.

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Sweet vermouth

A veritable balancing act, sweet vermouth adds herbal and sweet notes that tie the whiskey and Chartreuse together. A 0.75 oz pour bridges the gap between them, uniting the drink in sweet harmony. If you alter the amount, the cocktail could either become cloying or too sharp. A possible alternative is a dry vermouth, but expect a drier and less sweet Tipperary.

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Orange bitters

Two dashes, no more, no less. These are the cocktail's spice rack, adding an essential hint of citrus and complexity to the concoction. Overdo it, and your Tipperary may taste like a bitter orange grove; too little and the cocktail will lack that special zing. Sub with Angostura for a darker spice, but the orange flicker will be missed.

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Orange twist

Last but not least, the orange twist. It's the fragrant flourish that expresses oils over the drink, adding an aromatic citrus note that plays nicely with the bitters. No twist and the cocktail loses a dimension, like a song missing its final note. Lemon could work in a pinch, adding a sharper zest.

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Recipe. How to make Tipperary Drink

  1. Chill a cocktail glass by filling it with ice and setting it aside.
  2. In a mixing glass, combine the Irish whiskey, green Chartreuse, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters.
  3. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir the ingredients until well-chilled and diluted.
  4. Discard the ice from the chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Strain the cocktail into the chilled glass.
  6. Garnish with an orange twist, expressing the oils over the surface of the drink and placing it on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality ingredients: The taste of your cocktail will largely depend on the quality of the ingredients you use. Choose a good Irish whiskey and high-quality vermouth.
  • Chill your glass: This will help keep your cocktail cold for a longer period of time.
  • Stir, don't shake: Stirring the cocktail will help maintain the clarity of the drink and prevent it from becoming cloudy.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Platter

A selection of Irish cheeses like Cashel Blue or Dubliner would complement the rich, herbal notes of the Tipperary cocktail. The creamy texture of cheese contrasts beautifully with the crispness of the drink.

Smoked Salmon

The oily richness of smoked salmon will pair nicely with the whiskey's smoky notes, while the herbaceousness of the Chartreuse will bring out the dish’s complexity.

Dark Chocolate

Enjoying a piece of dark chocolate with a high cacao content alongside your cocktail can enhance the botanicals present in the Chartreuse and underscore the whiskey's sweetness.

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What you could change in Tipperary

  • Irish whiskey: You can substitute with another type of whiskey, such as bourbon or rye, but this will change the flavor profile of the cocktail.
  • Green Chartreuse: If you can't find green Chartreuse, you can use yellow Chartreuse, but note that it's sweeter and less alcoholic.
  • Sweet vermouth: Dry vermouth can be used as a substitute, but it will make the cocktail less sweet.

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Emerald Isle Tipperary

  • Substitute Irish whiskey with Irish cream liqueur for a creamier version.
  • Keep the rest of the ingredients the same. The drink transforms into a dessert-like experience with a silkier texture, and a flavor profile that's sweet with a hint of herbal complexity.

Spicy Tipperary

  • Add a slice of spicy ginger to the mixing glass when combining the ingredients.
  • Muddle the ginger slice gently before adding the bitters. This version comes with a zesty kick that complements the smoothness of the whiskey, adding a warming note perfect for chilly evenings.

Citrus Grove Tipperary

  • Replace orange bitters with grapefruit bitters.
  • Use a grapefruit twist instead of an orange twist. The cocktail takes on a brighter, more refreshing character, with a slightly more bitter and tart profile, ideal for those who seek a more invigorating sip.

In case you forgot basics how to make Tipperary

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Tipperary

What is the best time to enjoy a Tipperary cocktail?

While the Tipperary cocktail can be enjoyed anytime, it is typically served as an after-dinner drink or enjoyed during a relaxed evening.

What are the health benefits of the herbs used in green Chartreuse?

While the exact recipe of green Chartreuse is a closely guarded secret, the herbs used are believed to have digestive and anti-inflammatory properties.

Is there a specific Irish whiskey recommended for the Tipperary cocktail?

While there is no specific Irish whiskey recommended, a high-quality, smooth whiskey is advised to enhance the drink's taste.

What kind of taste would a dry vermouth introduce to the Tipperary cocktail?

A dry vermouth could make the cocktail less sweet and introduce a slightly more bitter, herbal note.

How does the orange twist garnish enhance the taste of a Tipperary cocktail?

The orange twist garnish adds a hint of citrus aroma which complements the cocktail's herbal notes.

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