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The Wild Rover’s Weeski

A Martini for whiskey drinkers? What better winter tipple?
Julie Crespel

A Martini for whiskey drinkers? What better winter tipple?

“If whiskey were French, this is my interpretation of what it would taste like,” said American cocktail writer (and sometime GT contributor) David Wondrich of his invention. “Suave, subtle and utterly untrustworthy.” Whether it’s Wondrich’s logic or his recipe we can’t say, but one way or another, the Weeski has impressed the good folk at Grandma’s spin-off The Wild Rover enough to earn a place on their cocktail list. “It’s a cracking Irish whiskey cocktail,” says Rover James Bradey. “Simple, clean flavours, straight to the point and a lesser-known classic, which fits right up our street.” The Wild Rover, 75 Campbell St, Surry Hills, NSW, (02) 9280 2235. 

Pour 30ml Irish whiskey (the Rovers like to use 10-year-old Bushmills), 20ml Lillet Blanc, 10ml orange liqueur and two dashes of orange bitters into a mixing glass, top with ice to fill, stir for a good 40 seconds to chill thoroughly, strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupette, garnish with an orange twist and serve.

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