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4 Great Irish Drinks: Your Best Bets for Saint Patrick's Day

Posted by Beau Farrell on Mar 12, 2016 11:30:00 AM

4 Great Irish Drinks: Your Best Bets for Saint Patrick's Day

You don’t have to drink green beer to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We won’t judge you if you do, but there are some fun cocktails to consider when you are ready to celebrate ole Saint Pat. In fact, you don’t even have to be Irish. Just put on some green and bring some spirit to this day of revelry. 

When it comes to Irish spirits, it’s about all about the whiskey. We came up with a four-leaf clover full of best bets for Saint Patrick’s Day cocktails – with Irish whiskey, of course. 

Big Ginger

2 GINGERS Irish whiskey was started right here in Minnesota and has gone national. Celebrate this whiskey’s Irish roots. 

Directions:

  • Fill a Collins glass with ice
  • Pour 2 parts 2 GINGERS® Irish Whiskey
  • Top up with ginger ale
  • Wedge with both lemon and lime
*For a Skinny Ginger, use diet ginger ale

Irish Blonde Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Irish whiskey
  • ¾ parts Orange Curacao
  • ½ parts sherry
  • 1 dash Triple sec
  • 1 dash Cointreau
  • Ice cubes

Fill a mixer glass with ice, pour Triple sec, sherry, Orange Curacao, and Irish whiskey into the glass. Stir together, then strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel

Blarney Stone Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp. Triple Sec
  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 tsp. Anis
  • 1/4 tsp. Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1 olive
  • 1 twist orange peel

Shake Irish whiskey, Anis, triple sec, and maraschino with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Add the twist of orange peel, top with the olive, and serve.

The Irish Derby Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 ounce Drambuie
  • 1 ounce Irish Whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce triple sec
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Ginger ale
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Pour the whiskey, Drambuie, triple sec, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until the tin is frosted, strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.   Add a splash of ginger ale and garnish with a lemon twist.

Gaelic Punch

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Demerara or other raw sugar
  • 40 ounces boiling water
  • One 750-ml bottle Irish whiskey
  • Strips of zest from 6 lemons
  • 6 thin lemon slices, each studded with 4 cloves, for garnish
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

In a heatproof bowl, muddle the lemon zest with the sugar. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours. Muddle again, add 8 ounces boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Strain into a warm heatproof bowl and stir in the whiskey. Add the remaining 32 ounces of boiling water and garnish with the studded lemon slices and nutmeg.

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