Patrick's Day Cocktails continued:
||Celebrate the 'Spirits' of St. Patrick's Day
Expert Advice on St. Patrick's Day Drinks from the Publisher of Bartender Magazine and Author of 'The Best Irish Drinks',
Forget the parades and the green shamrocks, St. Patrick's Day is about DRINKING. And nobody knows this subject better than the foremost bartending expert (and consummate Irishman), Ray Foley, the publisher of Bartender Magazine and author of The Best Irish Drinks, Bartending For Dummies*, Running a Bar For Dummies*, and The Ultimate Cocktail Book.
From authentic Irish cocktails, to popular Irish whiskeys, to delicious Irish cream liqueurs and coffees, there's no shortage of ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Foley, a bartender for over 20 years and an authority on cocktails for twice that long, offers expert advice on what cocktails or Irish beer to order in a bar or restaurant, or how to mix an authentic Irish drink at home.
Why is the fun and excitement of St. Patrick's Day across the U.S. often celebrated with spirits? The answer may lie in the origin of the holiday itself, Foley explains. Ireland has been famous for its distilleries for centuries, dating back some say to the 5th Century when a young St. Patrick pocketed the formula for distillation on a visit to "the East." The complete history of the Irish spirits and celebrations can be found in The Best Irish Drinks (published by Sourcebooks, Inc., Naperville, IL), along with more than 300 Irish cocktail recipes and traditional Irish toasts-and you don't have to be Irish!
No .1 - JOE SHERIDAN'S ORIGINAL IRISH COFFEE FROM THE BUENA VISTA CAFÉ
1. Fill an Irish coffee glass with very hot water to pre-heat, then empty.
2. Pour hot coffee into hot glass until it is about 3/4 full.
3. Drop in 2 cocktail sugar cubes; stir until sugar is thoroughly dissolved.
4. Add full jigger of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey for proper taste and body.
5. Top with a collar of lightly whipped cream by pouring gently over a spoon.
6. Enjoy it while it's hot.
No .2 - CAROLARETTO (Italian)
1 oz. Carolans Irish Cream
1 oz. Amaretto
Shake or stir on the rocks.
No. 3 - PADDY'S PATRON (Mexican)
2 oz. Patron Tequila
1/4 oz. Green Crème de Menthe
Shake. Serve straight up in a rimmed martini glass.
No. 4 - O'CASEY'S SCOTCH TERRIER (Scotch)
1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz. J&B Scotch
Stir on the rocks.
NO. 5 - KILLARNEY KIELBASY (Polish)
2 oz. Tullamore Dew
Float a slice of kielbasy on top or use as a garnish.
No. 6 - EVERYBODY'S FAVORITE (Jewish)
6 oz. Guinness/Harp
Serve in a beer glass with a side of kosher corned beef on rye.
Of course what would St. Patrick's Day be without Irish Beer?
The Irish are known for their immensely popular stout and amber ales. The most popular Irish beers, whether in a bar or buying for your home party, are Murphy's Irish Stout and Murphy's Irish Amber, Guinness, Beamish, and Harp lager.
And once you've selected your St. Patrick's Day cocktail (or two or three), the most important thing to remember is the Irish toast. Numerous traditional and clever toasts can be found in Foley's The Best Irish Drinks, including some of his favorites:
"May the dust of your carriage wheels blind the eyes of your foes."
"May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live."
"May your fire never go out."
"May your well never run dry."
"The Irish, with their music and their stories and poetry, have conquered our hearts," says Ray Foley. "And with their wonderful beer and spirits they have banished our thirst. Happy St. Patrick's Day!"