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St. Patrick's Day Cocktails 

Cocktails Anyone?
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
  1. Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Shake well.
  2. Serve over ice in a highball glass.
  3. Garnish with a slice of kiwi fruit.

G Spot
(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
  1. Serve over ice in an Old-Fashioned glass.
  2. Garnish with a green maraschino cherry.

For more information, you can contact Sheila at spuritt@hotmail.com.

 

 

 

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