St. Patrick’s Day is a time of celebration, wearing too much green and, of course, tossing back a foamy pitcher of green beer.
But, this year, instead of wasting your money on cheap, hardly palatable brew, why not enjoy a much more elegant and incredibly delicious cocktail — or 10?
Sure, Irish heritage is usually celebrated with a pint of Guinness, but no one will blame you if you take this holiday’s hooch up a notch.
5 Irish-Inspired Cocktail Recipes That Will Get You in the St. Patty’s Day Mood:
1. Cruzan® Strapped Stout
- 1 ½ parts Cruzan® Black Strap Rum
- 1 bottle of chocolate or coffee stout beer
Method: Combine ingredients in a pint glass. Stir gently.
2. Luck of Laphroaig®:
Created by Tyson Buhler (New York, NY)
- 1 1/2 parts Laphroaig® Select
- 1/4 part sarsaparilla syrup
- 2 dashes angostura bitters
- orange twist
Method: Combine ingredients in a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with orange twist.
3. Basil Hayden’s® Lucky Ginger
Created by Zachary Brian Taylor (San Francisco, CA)
- 1 1/2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
- 3/4 parts lemon juice
- 1/2 part brown sugar syrup*
- 1 spring of rosemary
- ginger beer
Method: Combine Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, lemon juice and brown sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker. Remove rosemary needles from the bottom 3/4 of the spring and add to the shaker. Save the top of the spring for use as a garnish. Add ice to shaker and shake. Double strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with the remaining rosemary spring.
*Brown Sugar Syrup Ingredients:
- 1 part water
- 1 part brown sugar
Method: Combine water and brown sugar in a saucepan and warm. Stir until sugar is fully dissolved into the water. Pour into an empty container and set aside.
4. Knob Creek® Mint Ginger Old Fashioned
Created by Celebrity Chef Michael Symon
- 1 ½ parts Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey
- ginger beer
- ½ part lemon juice
- ¼ part green chartreuse
- 6-8 mint leaves
Method: Combine all ingredients (except ginger beer) in a bar tin with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled Collins glass, top off with ginger beer and garnish with a single mint leaf.
5. Midori® and Ale
- 1 part Midori® Melon Liqueur
- 1 bottle light beer
Method: Combine Midori and light beer in a tall glass. Stir and enjoy!