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Grace O’Malley

Grace O’Malley 1.000

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Spirits Mar 12, 2021

Named for a famous 16th century female Irish pirate, the Grace O'Malley cocktail uses coffee and almond flavors as a reflection of valuable trade goods of the time. The whiskey, citrus and orgeat create an unusual tiki-inspired drink designed around Knappogue Castle’s 14-year-old single-malt whiskey.

Make Ahead: The simple syrup needs to be made and chilled at least 1 hour before you plan to make the cocktail.

Storage Notes: The simple syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.

Where to Buy: Orgeat, an almond-based syrup, is available at many liquor stores and online.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • For the simple syrup
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (240 milliliters) water
  • For the drink
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Knappogue Castle 14-Year-Old Single Malt Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua or Mr. Black
  • 3/4 ounce orgeat
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Grated nutmeg, for garnish
  • Lime wheel, for garnish

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Make the simple syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar with the water and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Let the syrup come to a boil, and cook at a rapid boil for about 30 seconds, then remove from the heat and let cool. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour.

Make the drink: Fill a highball glass with crushed ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine the whiskey, liqueur, orgeat, lemon juice and simple syrup and shake without ice. Pour over the crushed ice, and top off with more crushed ice to make a mound. Add a lime wheel, grate some nutmeg over the top and serve.

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Recipe from bartender Ezra Star, formerly of Drink in Boston, now a traveling bartender/consultant.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan..

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 231

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 1mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 26g 9%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 22g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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