Drinks with Pat: St. Patrick’s Day recipes

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up  — which is great! It’s one of my favorite days, for obvious reasons.

Each holiday, whether it’s a recognized one or a day that seemingly is made up just to sell beverages, my email is inundated with cocktail recipes. And St. Patrick’s Day is a day to imbibe a little bit, but stay away from green beers.

Personally, I look toward beers such as Guinness, Smithwick’s and Harp, beers that are Irish in origin. Maybe a Tullamore D.E.W., Jameson, Redbreast or Bushmills on the rocks.

But this year, I’ll look toward some of these offerings that hit my inbox.

Start with a simple classic, the Black Velvet:

  • Half a champagne flute of Guinness
  • Fill the rest with sparkling wine, pouring carefully to not mix the two

From Bushmills, the Gold Rush:

  • 5 parts Bushmills Original
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1 party honey syrup
  • 4 sprigs mint
  • Lemon wheel for garnish

Directions: Combine ingredients in shaker with ice, shake 10 seconds, strain over ice, and garnish with sprigs of mint and lemon wheel.

Jameson recently released a ready-to-drink Ginger & Lime cocktail I’ve seen around town at grocery stores, but these were some recipes the brand is touting:

Jameson Black Barrel Old Fashioned

  • 2 parts Jameson Black Barrel
  • 75 parts simple syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 dash soda water

Pour ingredients on ice, stir until chilled and garnish with orange peel

A couple of really cool Irish brands found their way to my desk recently too, both from the Clonakilty Distillery: Clonakilty and Minke Irish Gin.

Minke Gin & Tonic:

Fill glass with large ice cubes, 1/3 gin and 2/3 tonic. Add to that two slices of lemon or lime and mint leaf.

Connor McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey brand sent a whole document full of recipes. One that fits him:

Proper Boilermaker:

  • 1 ounce Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
  • 10 ounces lager beer

Directions: Pour into shot glass and pint glass.

A fun dessert:

  • 2 ounces Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
  • 0.5 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 2 ounces cola
  • 3 ounces Irish stout
  • 1 large scoop of ice cream

Directions: Build in glass, starting with ice cream and adding the remaining ingredients.

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