Everyone knows that St. Patrick’s Day is one of the booziest holidays of the year. While most celebrate by guzzling down green beer, others like to toast to the Irish patron saint with something a bit more fancy. We did a round-up of some of the classiest cocktails that will help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the right way!
Basil Hayden’s® Irish Julep
-2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon -½ part DeKuyper® Green Crème de Menthe -1 part Half and Half
1. Shake all ingredients well with ice.
2. Strain over crushed ice into a highball glass.
3. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Basil Hayden’s® Shamrock Sour
Recipe by Julie Reiner – New York, NY
-2 Parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon -½ Part Green Chartreuse -½ Part Lemon Juice -½ Part Grapefruit Juice -½ Part Agave Syrup* (To make, combine equal parts of water with Agave Syrup) -¼ Part Egg White
1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake without ice to blend.
2. Add ice and shake.
3. Strain over fresh ice in a double rocks glass and garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.
THE BEST IRISH COFFEE YOU EVER HAD
It has been said that “Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.” Here is a version you can make at home that traces back to the 1940s Foynes Airport original.
-1 ½ oz Clontarf 1014 Irish Whiskey -¾ oz Demerara syrup (made with 1 part water to 1 part Demerara sugar) -4 oz Fresh brewed coffee -Cream: whisk 2 oz of Brady’s
-Irish Cream with 6 oz of heavy cream -Garnish: freshly grated nutmeg
Fill an Irish coffee glass or mug with hot water and let stand for a few minutes to warm. Pour out water. Add the whiskey, syrup and coffee, then stir. Add whipped Brady’s the width of your thumb. Freshly grate nutmeg over top.
Created by Jack McGarry, on behalf of Irish to the Core.
THE DUBLIN SIDE
With both honey liqueur and agave nectar, one would think this drink would only satisfy those with a serious sweet tooth! However the aromatics of gin, lemon and mint awaken and refresh the palate in this lemony twist on the South Side cocktail.
-1 ½ oz Celtic Honey Liqueur -1 oz Gin -½ oz Fresh lemon juice -1 tsp Agave nectar -Handful of mint leaves -Garnish: mint sprig
Shake ingredients very well with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass or over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.
If you want to partake in festive St. Patrick Day’s drinks but aren’t a big fan of alcohol (or if you’re underaged,) check out this mocktail from celebrity chef Elizabeth Falkner. The Matcha Maker Melon Agua Fresca makes a refreshing and fun beverage for any time of the day with bright bursts of honeydew melon and lime.
Matcha Maker Melon Agua Fresca
-4 tea bags Good Earth Matcha Maker, tag removed from the tea bag -4 cups boiling water -1 honeydew melon, skinned, seeded and cut up into chunks -4 cups ice -4 slices lime
-Steep the Good Earth® Matcha Maker™ in boiling water for 5 minutes. -Strain the tea bags and remove from the water. -Add the water into a blender filled with the melon chunks -Puree the water and melon chunks in the blender and then strain the smooth mixture through a fine, mesh strainer. -Pour the mixture over cubed or crushed ice. -Garnish the tall glass with a slice of lime.