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Irish Whiskey with a Minnesota Connection

Posted by Beau Farrell on Mar 15, 2015 8:15:00 AM

Celebrating the Spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey AdobeStock_80026723.jpeg

Everyone is a wee bit Irish this time of year. That’s a good thing, because when it comes to Irish drink, one libation stands tall: Irish whiskey. It once held court as the most popular spirit in the world. Even the word itself, whiskey, is rooted in Gaelic – uisge beatha, meaning water of life. But the beverage we think about most around St. Patrick’s Day has a strong Minnesota connection.

Kieran Folliard

A well-known, local businessman and restaurateur has helped rebrand Irish whiskey for a whole new generation: Kieran Folliard. Actually, Folliard’s Celtic roots extend throughout the Twin Cities (recognize any of the restaurants he founded: Kieran’s, The Local, The Liffey, for instance). But it’s the drink we are interested in -- the wildly popular 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey – once sold exclusively here in Minnesota – has now gained a national audience (and he sold the company to Beam).

It’s said that Folliard named 2 Gingers for his red-headed mother and aunt, Mary and Delia, whose faces can be found on the bottle label. We say thanks, because this whiskey is now the fastest growing Irish whiskey brand in the United States. With its hometown roots, 2 Gingers is made at the Kilebeggan Distillery (formerly the Cooley Distillery) in County Louth, Ireland, and makes a great sipping whiskey with its slightly sweet, malty flavor.

2 Ginger Cocktail Recipes

There are also many great cocktail recipes featuring Irish whiskey. And remember, you don’t have to be Irish to enjoy Irish whiskey any time of the year.

Signature Drink: Big Ginger

  • Fill a Collins glass with ice
  • Pour 2 parts 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
  • Top up with ginger ale
  • Wedge with both lemon & lime

**Make it skinny with diet ginger ale 

New Fashioned Old Fashioned

  • 1.5 oz. Irish whiskey
  • Splash orange juice
  • Splash orange liqueur
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Soda water

Combine ingredients in a low-ball or rocks glass and stir. Add ice and top with soda water to taste. Garnish with a cherry and orange peel.

Irish Snapper

  • Combine over ice:
  • 1.5 parts Irish whiskey
  • Small splash peach liqueur
  • Top off with cranberry juice

Food Pairing:

  • Smoked Salmon
  • Soft, creamy cheeses
  • Chocolates

And, what’s an article about the drink of Ireland without an Irish toast?

“May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.“

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