As you all know, the end of February is here, that can mean only one thing. March is next in line, with the month of March comes that one holiday that we all just can’t wait for. The day when everybody gets to be Irish, St. Patricks day. So, I ask you, do you plan celebrating St. Patricks day this year? If so, how do you plan on doing so? are you going to stay home and cook corned beef, and cabbage, and potatoes? Perhaps you are planning on hitting the bars this year, I propose that we take extra precautions and stay home to drink this year. And, why would’nt you when you can get everything you need to get the luck of the Irish in you delivered right to your door? Why not try some of these great recipes that I have for you in today’s article?
Here is something fairly new to the market of shots. I say new even though it has been around since 2006. Created by Reggie Cunningham, a bartender at the Bushwick country club in Brooklyn New York. When a customer requested a drink of pickle brine, Reggie suggested a shot of whiskey first, then followed by the shot of pickle brine. This unusual combination has since become a favorite in bars across the nation. Is this something that you would give a try?
1) 1 1/2 ounces of Irish Whiskey
2) 1 1/2 ounces of pickle brine juice
To Make; Pour a shot of Irish whiskey, and a chilled shot of pickle brine juice. ( The original was made with McClures spicy pickle brine ) Take the shot of Irish whiskey first, then chase it down with the pickle brine. And, there you have a pickleback shot. A few of these, and you have the luck of the Irish in you for sure.
Shamrock Shake Smash:
An adult version of an ice cream float, made with that favorite shake that we wait all year for. The McDonalds Shamrock Shake. Paired with, a stout beer made by Guinness. This just may be your pot of gold, no rainbow required. Although, you may see a rainbow after a few of these drinks.
1) 1 Bottle or can of Guinness Beer
2) 2-3 scoops of McDonalds Shamrock shake
To Make; You can make your own Shamrock Shake if you are feeling crafty, all you need is some vanilla ice cream, a little bit of milk, whole or 2 percent will work just fine for this recipe, you will also need some mint extract, and 4-6 drops of green food coloring. May as well get some use out of it after coloring some Easter eggs with the kids. Make them a milkshake as well, just don’t give them the beer with their shake.
If you are using the McDonalds Shamrock Shake, Place in the freezer to harden up for about 30 minutes. In a pint glass, or a mason jar, my favorite way of making this, pour in the Guinness Beer about 3/4 the way to the top of the glass, this is to prevent the ice cream from making a big mess. Take your Shamrock Shake out of the freezer, and use an ice cream scoop, or a large spoon to scoop two scoops into your beer. And enjoy. Remember to leave the beer out for the children.
No longer politically correct to call this one an Irish car bomb, a reference to a dark past of Ireland s rich history, this bomber style shot is still very popular state-side, especially on St. Patricks day. It is recommended that you drink this cocktail quickly, before your left with a curdled glass of beer, whiskey and Irish Cream.
1) 1/2 an ounce of Irish Cream Liqueur
2) 1/2 an ounce of Jameson Irish Whiskey
3) 1 can or bottle of Guinness Beer
To Make; Add Irish Cream Liqueur, and Jameson Irish Whiskey to a shot glass, layering the Irish Cream on the bottom. Pour Guinness into a pint glass 3/4 the way up, and let it settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and drink quickly. Don’t be too aggressive with the tilt, you don’t want the shot glass hitting your teeth.
The New Irish Breakfast:
This unusual cocktail will remind you of fresh baked banana bread. And is great on the rocks ( over ice ) or as an unexpected addition to any classic whiskey cocktail. We have decided to keep thing simple, by adding a few ounces of fresh squeezed orange juice. Hence, the reason why I call this a breakfast cocktail. Perfect for a Saturday or Sunday brunch, as well.
1) 2 ounces of banana- infused Jameson Irish Whiskey
2) 1-2 ounces of fresh squeezed orange juice
To Make; Combine the Irish whiskey with the orange juice in a cocktail shaker with some ice, shake until the liquid is good and cold. Strain over a large format ice cube in an old- fashioned glass. Garnish with a pinch of black sugar sprinkles.
To infuse the whiskey with banana flavor- slice two ripe bananas and put into a clean jar, with an airtight lid. Pour half of a 750ml. Bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey into the jar and close tightly. Let it sit on the counter in a dark spot and turn gently once a day. After 4-5 days, strain the banana slices out, using a fine mesh strainer and pour the whiskey through a coffee filter back into the jar. Refrigerate for up to one month.
Irish Flag Shot:
Everything you want in a festive drink. This one just may leave you wanting more. It may look difficult to make at home, when in fact it is quite easy to pull off.
1) 1 ounce of Green Creme de Menth
2) 1 ounce of Baileys Irish Cream Original
3) 1 ounce of Orange Liqueur
To Make; Pour the Creme de Menth into a shot glass. Slowly float the Baileys Irish Cream over the Creme de Menth by pouring it over the back of a bar spoon. Using the bar spoon again, float the orange liqueur over the Baileys Irish Cream. A perfect salute to all of those Irish heroes.
Jameson Whisket Sour:
This is an old classic, you can’t go wrong with. One that knocks it out of the park every time it is served. Try it at home for yourself, and see if I’m steering you wrong.
1) 60 ml. of Jameson Irish Whiskey
2) 4 dashes of freshly squeezed lime juice
3) 1 bar spoon of granulated sugar
4) 1 splash of sparkling water
To Make; Dissolve the sugar with lemon juice and sparkling water in a mixing glass. Add whiskey and fill with ice, stir well. Strain into a rocks glass, and garnish with a cherry.
Please remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Have a blessed day my friends. Sincerely: John D.