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7 cocktails for St. Patrick's Day

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For that one day a year when the whole world turns Irish, is there any better way of celebrating the emerald isle than with a few tasty cocktails? We’ve selected 7 cocktails, which you’ll find below, that we believe will make any St. Patrick’s Day celebration go with a bang.

A specially themed cocktail or cocktail list is a great way to maximise your drinks sales. On the big day itself, creating a separate focused St. Patrick’s drinks menu that includes cocktails, beers and measures of Irish whiskey and Irish cream liqueur will immediately encourage your guests to choose one of these serves, drinks that offer them a greater experience and put more money in your till.

Irish Coffee

When it comes to coffee drinks, there’s nothing more quintessentially Irish than adding in a little drop of Jameson Irish Whiskey to make an evening more enjoyable.

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Jameson
  • 125 ml medium roasted espresso coffee
  • 5 ml demerara sugar syrup
  • 5 ml parts lightly whipped double cream

Method

Stir the demerara syrup into the Jameson Original in a warmed glass. Pour in the coffee (espresso). Add whipped cream over the back of a spoon so it floats on top. Dust with a grating of fresh nutmeg.

Irish Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour is more traditionally made using bourbon whiskey. The oldest historical mention of a whiskey sour was published in the Wisconsin newspaper, Waukesha Plain Dealer, in 1870.

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Jameson
  • 1 egg white
  • 25 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 5 ml simple sugar syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Method

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled Boston shaker. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Grasshopper

Reputedly first created in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, the Grasshopper is unashamedly on this list for one reason only, its bright green colour!

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Crème de cacao blanc
  • 50 ml Crème de menthe
  • 50 ml fresh single cream

Method

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled Boston shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Served without a garnish.

Irish Flag

This shooter uses Baileys Irish Cream, Grand Marnier and Crème de menthe to create the Irish flag. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

Ingredients

  • 8 ml Baileys Irish Cream
  • 8 ml Crème de menthe
  • 8 ml Grand Marnier

Method

In a shot glass, add the crème de menthe to around a 1/3rd of the way up the glass. Then over the back of a bar spoon, carefully layer the Irish Cream followed by the Grand Marnier.

Irish Boilermaker

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Beer and whiskey have been consumed together for centuries. Although usually consumed separately together, it only seems natural you would eventually put the two together.

Ingredients

  • 200 ml Irish lager
  • 25 ml Irish whiskey

Method

Add whiskey to an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with lager and stir.

Baileys Iced Coffee

This tasty iced coffee is the perfect Paddy’s pick up.

Ingredients

  • 100 ml cool espresso coffee
  • 50 ml Baileys Irish Cream

Method

Brew coffee and allow it to cool. Pour the coffee into a tall, ice-filled glass and add the Irish Cream. Stir and serve.

Everybody’s Irish

Our final choice comes from the 1930 ‘Savoy Cocktail Book’ by Harry Craddock. This green concoction packs a punch.

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Jameson
  • 5 ml Crème de menthe
  • 5 ml Green Chartreuse

Method

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled Boston shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Served without a garnish.

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