Here are Irish things to drink this St. Patrick’s Day. Why not ditch the sweet artificially colored nonsense and drink something a real Irish person wouldn’t be ashamed of? Might suggest a couple of cocktails and a duo of Irish whiskeys to inspire you this year?
The Emerald is a simple concoction of Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters. It’s basically an Irish whiskey Manhattan but nonetheless it’s still a very tasty cocktail!
2 oz Irish Whiskey
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 dash Orange Bitters
Garnish: Orange Twist
Stir over ice until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and add garnish.
As soon as someone adds whiskey to their coffee it instantly becomes “Irish” in the eyes of some people. However, the original Irish coffee was created by a wise bartender at the Foynes airbase, where today’s Shannon International Airport stands. In 1942, a group of Americans on a Pan Am flight back home were forced to return back to the airport due to bad weather. Chef and bartender Joe Sheridan added whiskey to their coffee to “warm their spirits” and topped it with rich whipped cream. A writer for the San Francisco Chronicle sampled the beverage and loved it. He wrote about it in his columns and helped popularize the drink, even going so far as to start collaborating with San Francisco’s Buena Vista Cafe on how to make an authentic version on American soil.
1.5 oz Irish Whiskey
3-4 oz Hot Coffee
1 tsp demerara or turbinado sugar
.5 cup Organic Heavy Cream (for topping)
Whip cream by whisking it in a bowl or vigorously shaking in an empty cocktail shaker.
Put 1 tsp of sugar in an Irish coffee mug or a wine glass. Add 3 to 4 oz hot black coffee and stir to dissolve sugar. Add Irish whiskey and stir again. Top with a one-inch layer of cream.
Made at Middleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland, Redbreast 12 is an exquisite example of single pot still Irish Whiskey. A mash of malted and unmalted barley are used and distilled three times in copper pot stills. Nutty and rich on the nose, the whiskey opens with spicy notes of dried citrus and vanilla. Nutty undertones and marzipan finish out the whiskey with a finish reminiscent of amontillado sherry.
Green Spot is one of those great spirits that people often talk about but few have ever really tried. Produced in very small quantities at the Midleton Distillery, Green Spot Irish Whiskey used to only be available in Ireland and United Kingdom and often very difficult to find. Floral notes meat orchard fruit like apricot and pear on the nose. Toasted grain, honey, caramel, and oak follow with more pear, apple, and apricot finishing with slightly spicy clove and a soft finish.
From our own PlumpJack Wine & Spirits store in Noe Valley, Kelly shares his own concoction for St Patty’s Day.
1.5 oz Irish Whiskey
.5 oz Green Chartreuse
3 dashes Bitter Queens Eucalyptus Bitters