March 17 is tomorrow meaning only one thing, It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Expect your local watering hole to be packed with people dressed in green, knocking back pints of Guinness and shots of whiskey before noon. While some people like to keep their drinks straight and simple, we at Taste Collection prefer throwing some cocktails in the mix. Here are our top 4 St. Patty’s Day drinks to keep you buzzed in the morning, hammered by noon, and hungover by 6pm.
Start your day with this classic mix of whiskey, coffee and cream. The breakfast of champions, best served with some Irish bacon and eggs.
16 oz. hot water
2 tsp. light brown sugar
2 oz. Irish whiskey
1 c. brewed coffee
1/2 c. heavy cream for topping
Chocolate shavings, for garnish
Fill two mugs with hot water and let sit 2 minutes. Pour out water and add 1 tsp light brown sugar to each mug. Pour over hot coffee and stir to dissolve sugar, then pour in some Irish whiskey (Jameson works well).
In a separate bowl with an electric mixer or by hand, whisk cream until soft peaks form. Cream should be thick but still pourable. Top coffee with cream by gently pouring over the back of a warm spoon to form a thick layer on top of coffee. Garnish with chocolate.
Recipe from: www.delish.com
All Irish Black and Tan
For those who prefer a good draught or ale why not mix both in this easy peasy beer based recipe?
6 oz. Smithwick’s Ale
6 oz. Guinness Draught
Add Smithwick’s Ale to pint glass.
Add Guinness Draught beer by pouring it over the back of a spoon.
Recipe from: www.delish.com
For a more refreshing drink, give an Irish twist on the famous Moscow mule. This mix of whiskey, ginger beer, and lime will surely make you feel refreshed when you need that pick me up drink in the middle of the day.
2 ounces irish whiskey
6 ounces ginger beer (or more! more ginger beer yields a sweeter drink)
juice of half a lime
lime slices (optional, for garnish)
mint sprig (optional, for garnish)
Fill a copper mug (or other glass) with ice. Pour in whiskey and lime juice, top with ginger beer. Stir to mix, garnish with lime slices and mint sprig.
Recipe from: www.foxandbriar
For those of you who would rather throw back some shots, this classic American-Irish shooter is for you. Commonly called an Irish Car Bomb, the name is considered offensive especially in Ireland. This is because the name references a troubled time in Ireland’s history when car bombs claimed the lives of many civilians in 1960s due to political unrest. Most bar tenders prefer to call this drink simply an “Irish bomb” or “Irish Slammer” to avoid offending anyone.
1/2 pint Guiness
3/4 ounce Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur
3/4 ounce Irish whiskey
Pour the Irish cream into a shot glass, then top it with Irish whiskey.
In a tall pint glass, pour 1/2 a pint of Guinness and allow the foam to settle.
When it’s time to drink, drop the shot glass into the Guinness and drink as fast as you can.
Recipe from: www.thespruce.com
Whether you plan to join the St. Patty’s day festivities in the pubs or mixing your own Irish cocktails at home these drinks will keep you buzzed and bubbly throughout the day. To help you get started, you can pick up a couple of items from our selections of glasses and bar tools sold here at Taste Collection.