Harrington Cocktail

Vodka is the most popular of spirits, it’s lack of discernable flavor however, when mixed in a cocktail, makes it necessary to approach it’s use slightly differently than other spirits. In this episode we use the “Harrington” to illustrate how vodka can play an important role in various drinks.

11/2 oz premium Vodka

1/4 oz Cointreau

1/8 oz Chartreuse


Stir with ice.

Strain into cocktail glass.

Garnish with orange twist.


cecelia passarella 25 Sep 2007
1:07 pm

clean and beautiful lovley to behold most classics it seems are simple elegance. with the glut of vodkas on the market flavored and otherwise do you feel that mixing them with purees and other mixers, juices for added flavors as well as the abundance of marketable spirits such as alize is outside the relm of cocktails ? cc

Robert Hess 5 Oct 2007
11:27 am

I think that there is room for both the simple and elegent cocktails as well as those which might be a little more on the “extravagently creative” side. The trick however is all about creating a culinary balance, and a drink which properly celebrates the spirit it contains instead of hiding it behind flavors of childhood.

Brian DiCiano 30 Dec 2007
3:09 am

Nicely said.

Clayton 14 Mar 2010
10:45 am

Well said indeed! I keep this quotation as a mixological refrain, with the esteemed Mr. Embury’s admonition of basing a cocktail on one spirit and avoid such saccharine concoctions as The Alexander.

Robert Hess 26 Apr 2012
10:40 am

Any Spokane folks out there? Paul Harrington is opening up “Clover” as we speak, so you might want to swing by and check them out (http://CloverSpokane.com/), and if you aren’t in Spokane and want to show Paul your support, head over to Clover’s facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/cloverspokane) and give it some love.

Robert Hess 26 Apr 2012
2:54 pm

And you can find Paul’s original writeup on the “Harrington” (or as he called it “Drink Without a Name”) on a snapshot of Hotwired’s Cocktail Time website which I have posted here:

Aaron Gardner 11 Jul 2012
10:06 am


I am a longtime viewer of your show and a fan, and I live in Spokane.  I can’t tell you how excited I am that we finally have a quality cocktail bar in town.  Previously, the Peacock Lounge at the Davenport Hotel has been the best option, and they still use a lemon/lime sour mix and call their cocktail list “martinis”.  It’s honestly been easier to make a quality cocktail at home.  I am looking forward to visiting Clover for the first time tonight.  Hopefully Paul Harrington will be behind the bar, although I have heard he is only bartending on occasion.  I will be sure to give my impressions.

As an aside, do you happen to have a public contact email address?  I’ve tried to locate one on the DrinkBoy site and here.  Or is this board or the Chanticleer Society forum the best way to reach you?

Aaron Gardner

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