Liquid Luck: Beers, Whiskeys, and 7 Recipes to Toast St. Patrick
Oscar Wilde once quipped that ”work is the curse of the drinking classes.” With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a workday this year, some may find that Wilde’s words ring a little too true. But not all St. Patrick’s Day drinks have to be alcoholic. Ranging from recipes for smoothies to cocktails, we’ve rounded up nine ways to toast Irish heritage. Keep reading to find out how you can say sláinte this St. Patrick’s Day.
Beers and whiskeys
Fancy cocktails are not required drinking for St. Patrick’s Day. You could instead celebrate with Irish beers or whiskeys. On the beer side, Guinness is often the first brew that comes to mind, but by no means is it your only choice. Harp, O’Hara’s, Murphy’s Irish Stout, Smithwick’s, and Kilkenny are other imbibing options for a St. Patrick’s Day that stays true to the holiday’s heritage. A number of cocktails are also made with beer, like the black velvet, which mixes equal parts Champagne and Guinness.
Whiskey has just as much depth. A few Irish whiskeys include Bushmills, Jameson, Redbreast, Tullamore Dew, and Connemara. You can make a simple cocktail like a classic old fashioned with an Irish whiskey. Alternatively, you can make a very simple cocktail mixing whiskey with ginger ale or soda. Click through for seven more drink suggestions.
1. Guinness ice cream float
Guinness is a great dessert ingredient, and this is especially the case when it comes to boozy ice cream floats. An adult take on a childhood classic, this recipe from Baked by Rachel is an easy way to serve up a St. Paddy’s Day dessert.
- 1 can or bottle Guinness draught
- vanilla ice cream
- chocolate fudge sauce
- whipped cream
- Baileys Irish cream (optional)
Directions: In a large glass, add 1 to 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream. Top the ice cream with hot fudge sauce, adding a splash or two of Baileys, if desired. Fill the rest of the glass with Guinness, garnishing with whipped cream. Stir and enjoy.
2. Healthy homemade shamrock shake
Baked In was inspired by the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake to create a protein-filled smoothie in a naturally green hue for St. Patrick’s Day. It won’t get you tipsy, but it will give you plenty of energy to fuel your day.
- 1 cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 1 banana
- 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- 1-2 drops peppermint extract
- 5-6 ice cubes
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth. Serve immediately.
3. Lime sherbet punch
To make a kid-friendly drink that will be a hit with adults, too, try the lime sherbet punch Paula Deen created on her Food Network show. It may not have any traditionally Irish ingredients, but its color is spot on.
- 2 quarts lime sherbet
- 2 liters ginger ale
- 1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice
- lemon slices
- lime slices
- maraschino cherries
Directions: In a punch bowl, add 2 quarts of lime sherbet. Then add ginger ale and pineapple juice. Decorate with lemon and lime slices and some maraschino cherries.
4. Irish coffee
With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a weekday, you probably shouldn’t sip spiked coffee before heading into work, but Drink Mixer‘s Irish coffee can be a much needed post-workday pick-me-up. You can take away the caffeine with decaffeinated coffee or make it iced using chilled coffee and adding several ice cubes to your glass.
- 1½ ounces Irish whiskey
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 6 ounces hot coffee
- heavy cream (optional)
Directions: Combine whiskey, sugar, and coffee in a mug and stir to dissolve. Float cold cream gently on top, if desired. Do not mix.
5. Pot of gold cocktail
Emerald emulsions tend to get the most attention on St. Patrick’s Day, but pay homage to a different bit of Irish folklore this year with a pot of gold cocktail by The Glitter Guide.
- 2 tablespoons fresh pear juice mix (see below)
- 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
- sparkling wine or Champagne of your choice
- lemon twist for garnish
- 2 ripe d’Anjou pears, peeled, cored, and diced
- 4 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Directions: To make the pear juice, place all the ingredients into a food processor and run the machine until the mixture is pureed. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times to get the mixture smooth. Place a fine mesh strainer or sieve over a bowl, then pour the mixture in. Allow the juice to drain out, stirring the puree gently to help the process along. Store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use. The mixture may brown a bit, but it’s still good!
For the cocktail, mix the pear juice and the whiskey together in a liquid measuring cup or some other cup that has a spout, which will make it easier to pour. Divide the mixture equally between two Champagne flutes. Slowly top with bubbly, then garnish with a lemon twist.
6. Emerald Isle
Although named after Ireland, this green concoction from Discovery doesn’t have whiskey or beer, perfect for people who favor another type of liquor: gin.
- 1 part gin
- 1 teaspoon green crème de menthe
- 2 dashes bitters
Directions: Pour the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
7. Green appletini
But not everyone likes gin, either. It may not have anything to do with St. Patrick’s Day or Ireland, but at least the color of this appletini from Drinks Mixer will set Irish eyes smiling.
- 2 ounces Absolut vodka
- 1 ounce apple schnapps
- 1 ounce Midori melon liqueur
- 1 squeeze lime juice
Directions: Shake ingredients with ice and strain into large cocktail glass. Add a big squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with a thin granny smith apple slice and serve.