This recipe is from Hugo R. Ensslin's 1917 book " Recipes for Mixed Drinks". Appearing in the back of the book under the heading "Miscellaneous Mixed Drinks", the recipe reads as follows:
WILD EYED ROSE
Juice 1/2 Lime
1/2 pony Grenadine
1 drink of Irish Whiskey
Serve in highball glass with cube of ice and fizz with carbonated water.
Here's my interpretation:
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce grenadine
2 ounces Red Breast Irish Whiskey
Place large cube of ice in highball glass. Add lime juice, grenadine, then the whiskey. Top off with sparkling mineral water. If you do this in the right sequence, you will get the layered look in the photo above.
The name is appropriate here, as the first drink tends to leave you a bit "wild-eyed". It's sweet, tart, and tangy, but without any of those flavors becoming dominating or cloying.
I don't think you can go wrong using Red Breast in any recipe calling for Irish Whiskey. In the "Wild-eyed Rose", the whiskey fades to the background merely offering elusive hints of the wood-aged spirit, rather than the punch in the nose that this quantity would normally deliver.
All-in-all this is a very nice, very drinkable highball, My first round of photos didn't work out, and I had already tasted the drink before I found out. Making another for more photos was an easy decision!
|Mixed for drinking, the Wild-Eyed Rose takes on a nice rosy color.|