To give this cocktail an intense smokiness, mixologist Jack McGarry prefers a peated Irish whiskey (whiskey distilled from malt dried over peat fires—a process used in Scotch production but unusual for Irish whiskey). The honey and ginger syrup help balance the smokiness.
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2 ounces Irish whiskey, preferably a peated single malt, such as Connemara
1/2 ounce Branca Menta (bitter, minty Italian digestif)
In a cocktail shaker, combine the whiskey, Branca Menta, lemon juice, Ginger Syrup and honey syrup. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled ice-filled highball glass and stir in the club soda. Pinch the lemon twist over the drink and discard. Garnish with the nutmeg.
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