Dead Rabbit's New Cocktail Book Embraces The Emerald Isle

The Dead Rabbit Irish Cocktail Bar in New York City is steeped in a rich history that is as colorful as its drinks are flavorful. It was named after a legendary gang of Irish immigrants that went head-to-head with the Bowery Boys, a rival gang of anti-immigrant New Yorkers, in a two-day brawl for control over the Five Points neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in 1857 (per All That's Interesting).

Fast forward to the present, where the history of New York meets traditional Irish whiskey cocktails and pub fare at The Dead Rabbit, created by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry. Hailing from Belfast in Northern Ireland, the pair moved to New York, intending to open a "truly great cocktail bar with the genuine warmth and hospitality of a traditional Irish pub." They enlisted the help of a talented bartender, Jillian Vose, and did just that.

Dead Rabbit patrons can enjoy traditional Irish plates like scotch eggs and shepherd's pie, but people really clamor for the unique cocktails often made with Irish whiskey. The pub just released "Paddy Drinks: The World of Modern Irish Whiskey Cocktails," a consummate guide to Irish whiskey and a collection of unique cocktail recipes from the bar (via HMH Books).

Paddy Drinks is The Dead Rabbit's guide to Irish whiskey cocktails

Co-founders of The Dead Rabbit in New York City, Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, combined forces with their award-winning beverage director, Jillian Vose, to author a comprehensive guide to understanding Irish whiskey, complete with unique recipes from their renowned pub (HMH Books).

In a review, The New York Times describes the book as a "technical primer on Irish whiskey cocktails" that educates its readers on the four styles of Irish whiskey and six foundational cocktail recipes that serve as the base for more complex recipes. The book includes a flavor wheel and tasting notes on 50 different whiskey labels to provide fans with a flavor profile that allows them to build their ideal cocktail.

The cocktail guide includes recipes from the award-winning pub that feature unusual ingredients like tonka bean syrup and toasted fennel salt. Modernized recipes are accompanied by more approachable traditional Irish cocktails created for the bar by Jillian Vose. Pubgoers who appreciate elevated Irish whiskey cocktails have found a solid resource in The Dead Rabbit's "Paddy Drinks: The World of Modern Irish Whiskey Cocktails."