You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March. In fact everyone is invited to get in the spirit of things by raising a glass or two to the apostle of Ireland…
A pint of Guinness (or a black velvet if you’re feeling posh) are obvious choices but for cocktail lovers who fancy mixing things up a bit, Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board asked Agostino Perrone and Rusty Cervan of The Connaught Bar to create a selection of celebratory cocktails using Irish whiskey. Do try these at home:
St. Patrick’s Day Julep
A St. Patrick’s Day combination of refreshing mint and Irish whiskey twisted with the smokiness of liquorice and bitterness of Guinness
40 ml Inish Turk Beg – Maiden Voyage Irish Whiskey
40 ml Guinness
7 leaves of fresh mint
3 blackberries infused with port
3 dashes of liquorice bitter (or angostura bitters)
1 teaspoon of caster sugar
Gently muddle fruits in whisky glass, add rest of ingredients, and fill up with crushed ice and swizzle (mix them gently). Garnish with mint sprigs and blackberries.
Emerald Isle Sour
Reflecting the green surroundings that Ireland is renowned for.
50 ml Connemara Peated Irish single Malt
20 ml of homemade Matcha Green Tea syrup (1 teaspoon of macha green tea blended in 100ml of sugar syrup)
20 ml fresh lemon juice
10 ml fresh pineapple juice
15 ml egg white
Sprayed lavender bitter (or garnish with lavender flowers)
Put all the ingredients apart from the lavender bitter/lavender flowers into the shaker and shake, first without ice, then fill up the shaker with ice and shake again. Strain into a small goblet glass and spray lavender bitter on top/garnish with lavender flowers.
The Shamrock has three leaves as reflected in this recipe. A combination of three main ingredients that work perfectly together.
40ml Tullamore Dew
20ml Oloroso sherry
10ml Galliano ristretto coffee liquor
5ml crème de mure liquor or Chamboard liquor (raspberry liquor)
2 dashes of angostura bitter
Place the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and double strain into a cocktail glass. Serve straight up with a zest of orange.
For more on Irish food and drink, visit bordbia.ie