If you associate Irish whiskey with green beer and hastily tossed-back shots, count yourself among the many unfortunates who have been missing out on the subtle pleasures of this fine spirit. While bourbon and scotch get all the glory, Irish whiskey languishes on the sidelines. The best bottles—most often aged longer than the standard stuff and frequently single malt—can be smooth and rich, without the bite of their more famous brethren. Spend a little more cash and you’ll have a whiskey that’s perfect for savoring neat, over a little ice or mixed into a craft cocktail.

New and Improved Irish Whiskey Cocktail
• 2 oz. Jameson Black Barrel Irish whiskey
• ½ oz. Élixir Combier
• ½ oz. Luxardo maraschino liqueur
• ¼ oz. Pernod absinthe
• 3 dashes Bitter Truth creole bitters
• 3 dashes Bittermens orange cream citrate
• Lemon peel, 1-inch piece

Combine liquid ingredients over ice in a mixing glass. Stir until ice cold, about 30 revolutions. Strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze lemon peel yellow side down over drink to flavor it with citrus oil.