St. Patrick's Day Cocktails
by Sheila Swerling-Puritt
On St. Patrick's Day, the whole world wishes it were Irish. Some people
rely on the wearing of the green to generate the spirit of the occasion,
but I prefer to raise a cocktail glass in the general direction of the
Emerald Isle. The spirit is even stronger if the components in the glass
are authentically Irish.
St. Patrick's Day and the G-Spot
are built around Jameson Irish Whiskey, a blend of malt and grain spirits
matured in oak for four to six years. Jameson's shows pot still character
with soft sherry sweetness, toast and a gentle citrus tang. Many of you
have enjoyed it straight up or in Irish coffee.
Bailey's Irish Cream, making the G-Spot luscious, was launched in 1974
after over 3½ years in development. Bailey's can use real cream
because the Irish whiskey in the blend keeps the cream from turning sour.
Bailey's has retained the worldwide lead for cream-based liqueurs.
Among this month's not-so-Irish ingredients, there's the distinctively
coloured Bols Blue. It's distilled from a blend of herbs and oranges,
the characteristically flavourful bitter Curaçao oranges and the
rare Kinnow oranges. This gives Blue Bols a fresh complex orange scent
and taste. Blue Curaçao is often used to provide colour to mixed
drinks. In St. Patrick's Day, the combination of the beautiful shade of
blue and the orange juice turns this drink green.
The Soho Lychee Liqueur, produced in France, was launched in 1999 for
a younger audience and has great nose appeal. It may not remind you of
the Emerald Isle, but it certainly will make you think of an Island paradise.
Grand Marnier, a perennial favourite, turns up in many mixed drinks
and is based exclusively on cognac rather than on neutral spirits.
Last but not least, the G-Spot gets some of its intensity from Kahlúa,
another old favourite. This coffee liqueur from Mexico plays a part in
many popular mixed drinks.
St. Patrick's Day
- 1 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
- ½ oz. Bols Blue Curaçao
- 1 oz. orange juice
- ½ oz. Soho Lychee Liqueur
- Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Shake well.
- Serve over ice in a highball glass.
- Garnish with a slice of kiwi fruit.
(even better than the old Orgasm, especially after dinner)
- ¾ oz. Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur
- 1 oz. Jameson's Irish Whiskey
- ¾ oz. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
- ¾ oz. Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur
- Serve over ice in an Old-Fashioned glass.
- Garnish with a green maraschino cherry.
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