An Excuse to Drink – Happy Birthday James Joyce

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On this date in 1882, Irish novelist and playwright James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born in Rathgar, Ireland (a suburb of Dublin). A major figure in the modernist literary movement, he pioneered the “stream-of-consciousness” technique. Joyce’s major works include Ulysses (a modern retelling of Homer’s tale), The Dubliners, The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Finnegan’s Wake. James Joyce died on January 11, 1941 from complications following ulcer surgery.

Joyce’s life and works are celebrated in Dublin every year on June 16th, or “Bloomsday”, in honor of the day the action in novel Ulysses occurs. It usually entails an extended pub crawl.

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James Joyce Cocktail

original recipe by Gary Regan.

Basically a riff on the Oriental, where the rye has been appropriately swapped out for Irish Whiskey

  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

Glass: Cocktail

Garnish: None

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.


  1. frankie says

    While the Mojito was delightfully brought to celebrity by Hemingway, I can hardly believe that a drink as poorly named as the one above could ever aspire, as spirit, to such aloft; though perchance only as complement to an oversize hot-dog regaled as “The Hemingway”. Such a pedestrianism would only make Joyce sneer in his grave.

  2. says


    Thanks for the comments, we’re just trying to keep things light here and in no way are we implying that each and every drink posted has the significance of Hemingway and the Mojito and “Papa Doble”. As for the name, you’ll have to take that up with mixologist Gary Regan. :)


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