St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and you know what that means. It’s time to don your greenest attire and celebrate the day dedicated to Ireland’s foremost patron saint.
If you’ve long outgrown the green food-colour-dyed beer, it’s time to skip the clichés. We’ve got a bunch of delectable and easy-to-make Irish-whiskey cocktail recipes that you can use to really spice up your St. Patrick’s Day this year. Because it’s all about Irish-inspired everything for a day, right?
Specially designed by the experts at BC Liquor Stores working with local Vancouverite and international award-winning bartender David Wolowidnyk, you’ll never go back to plain ol’ green beer again. Round up the lads and lassies (your pals), have the craic (a great time), and say “sláinte” for St. Paddy’s Day!
Irish Julep Cocktail
- 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 1/2 oz (15 ml) lemon juice
- 1/2 oz (15 ml) Simple Syrup*
- 3 mint sprigs, reserve 1 for garnish
- 1 oz (30 ml) Lonetree Apple Ginger Cider
*Simple Syrup: 1:1 ratio of sugar dissolved in boiling water. Allow to cool before using.
- In a cocktail shaker with cubed ice, combine whiskey, lemon juice, Simple Syrup, and two mint sprigs. Shake vigorously and strain into a julep cup. Fill the cup with crushed ice, top with cider and garnish with a sprig of mint.
- 1 egg white
- 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
- 1/2 oz (15 ml) Gonzáles Byass Nutty Solera Medium Oloroso Sherry
- 3/4 oz (22 ml) lemon juice
- 1/2 oz (15 ml) Simple Syrup*
- grated nutmeg, for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker with cubed ice, combine egg white, whiskey, sherry, lemon juice, and Simple Syrup. Shake vigorously to emulsify egg white, then strain into a chilled coupe glass. Sprinkle grated nutmeg to garnish.
Old Fiddle Cocktail
- 2 lemon zests, reserve 1 for garnish
- 2 oz (60 ml) Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey
- 1/2 oz (15 ml) Honey Cordial*
- 2 dashes orange bitters
*Honey Cordial: 3:1 ratio of honey dissolved in boiling water. Allow to cool before using.
- In a mixing glass with cubed ice, express oils of 1 lemon zest then combine whiskey, Honey Cordial, and orange bitters. Stir to chill and dilute, then strain over new ice in a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with lemon zest.
If you’ve got no time to hustle cocktails together, or just want to stick to the classics at your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, no worries. The experts at BC Liquor Stores have picked out a few Irish Whiskeys you can try, to get you into the festivities:
Considered one of the finest Irish whiskeys by connoisseurs, the Red Breast 12-Year-Old is a beautifully balanced expression, with a rich, creamy texture and complex notes of floral, honey, sweet fruits, citrus, and butterscotch that linger on the palate.
This historic brand, resurrected from a distillery defunct since 1954, was recently distilled at Middleton. The new distillery opened in Tullamore in 2014. Aged in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, this whiskey is soft and smooth, with gentle complexity.
A rare blend of all three styles of Irish whiskey: single pot still, single malt, and grain. It is also only available at BC Liquor Stores.
Be sure to check out the Spring issue of BC Liquor Store’s TASTE magazine for more cocktail and food recipes, or pick up a free copy at any BC Liquor Store!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and please enjoy responsibly!