The Leatherneck and The Green Men

Leatherneck is slang for a U.S. marine Corp soldier. The term was derived from the high collar that both British and American marines wore in the late 1700′s.
The Leatherneck cocktail is an eclectic mix of ingredients. Not to often do you see whiskey paired with blue curaçao.
The Leatherneck
2oz blended whiskey
.75oz blue curaçao
.5oz fresh lime juice
shake in an iced cocktail shaker, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Notes:
The first thing you notice about this drink is the striking color. The blended whiskey is a perfect choice here as it melds well with the flavors of the curaçao and lime. It plays a supporting role without being overwhelmed and lost in the mix.

On Dr. Bamboo’s website there is am similar cocktail called the The Green Man. It has essentially the same ingredients with the major change being the subbing out of the blended whiskey for an Irish Whiskey. Personally this cocktail does not taste quite as balanced as the The Leatherneck. The Irish Whiskey is completely dominated by the lemon and the curaçao. Given this lack of balance I decided to slightly tweak the recipe and came up with:

The Green Man #2
2oz Irish Whiskey
.75oz blue curaçao
.5oz lemon juice
half an egg white
combine all the ingredients and dry shake in a cocktail shaker for approx 10secs. Add ice and shake for approximately another 10secs then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Notes:
The Irish Whiskey makes it’s presence known without dominating the drink. The flavors meld well together and the egg white added a smooth mouthfeel to the drink

20120122-110931.jpg