Geting Misty

I have a recipe coming up in my calendar that calls for Irish Mist. This is another occasion of the calendar author calling for a liqueur all of one time, with me, the gentle reader and mixologist, stuck with a bottle of something he/she/it wouldn't drink otherwise.

I asked the clerk at the liquor mart (where luckily they had a small size bottle of Irish Mist--still $20) if they had an airline size bottle in their extensive collection behind the counter. They had everything else under the sun. He looked, not very hard, and said no, so a full bottle it was.

According to Wikipedia, IM is made in Dublin to a 1,000 year old recipe that includes Irish whiskey, honey, secret herbs and spices, and other secret stuff.

I tasted a splash or two last night (the recipe that calls for it isn't for another day or two). Its taste seems pretty bland. I could taste the whiskey base, but otherwise it seemed pretty innocuous. To compare it to Benedictine and Drambuie, I poured out little glasses of both. Benedictine is by far the most herby of the herd. Not as much as chartreuse, but I let out a moo. Drambuie is slightly less aromatic, but a lot more than IM.

Internet Cocktail Database must not like IM, because they don't list it as an ingredient and don't have any recipes calling for it. According to Wikipedia, you can combine it the blue curacao and sparkling water or lemon-lime to make a Green Mist cocktail, equal parts Drambuie for a Rusty Nail, and equal parts Irish whiskey (e.g., Jameson's) for a Black Nail. I'll give those a try and report on them. Maybe not the lemon-lime version.