St. Patrick’s Day typically conjures images of green beer, tacky t-shirts, and terrible Irish accents. And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, if you give us a minute, you’ll be the historically savvy fella spreading a smidge of knowledge about the man behind this gloriously green holiday!
- Patrick, “the patron saint of Ireland”, was actually born in Roman Britain, not Ireland.
- His birth name wasn’t Patrick either – it was Maewyn Succat, but he chose to go by Patricius.
- While his father was a deacon in the early Christian church, Patrick wasn’t much of a believer until he was captured by Irish pirates at the age of 16 and enslaved for six years as a shepherd.
- After escaping, and a brief stint as a prisoner in France, he eventually returned home and claimed God told him to bring Christianity to the Irish.
- It’s said he drove all the snakes from Ireland, but there never were any snakes there to begin with.
- Patricius is now known as St. Patrick even though he’s technically not a canonized saint by the Catholic Church.
- Patrick’s Day was originally a religious celebration commemorating the life of Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
Now that you’ve learned some stuff, you deserve a drink. No, not a green beer monstrosity, but rather a collection of Irish whiskey cocktails that run the gamut from sweet, to shooters, to just darn good cocktails.
- Shake lightly and strain over crushed ice.
- Garnish with mint and shaved chocolate.
- Pour Guinness into a stout glass.
- Add the Irish cream and whiskey to a shot glass.
- Drop into the beer and enjoy!
Irish Old Fashioned
- ¼ honey syrup (made from 2 parts honey and water and then chilled)
- 2 dashes of angostura bitters
- 2 oz. Proper #12 Irish Whiskey
- Garnish with a swath of lemon
- Combine all ingredients with ice and stir until the cocktail is chilled and properly diluted.
- Strain over ice into an old fashioned glass.
- Garnish with a swath of lemon.
Irish Eye Opener
- Add all the ingredients except the stout to a shaker and stir.
- Strain into a rocks or mini stout glass.
- Dry-shake (without ice) the stout and add to the top of the cocktail.
*ginger-brown-sugar syrup: Combine equal parts fresh ginger juice with dark brown sugar in a blender, and blend until fully incorporated.
- 1 ½ Jameson Black Barrel Irish whiskey
- 1 oz. Cardamaro
- ½ Connemara cask-strength peated Irish whiskey
- ¾ fresh lime juice
- ¾ ginger syrup
- 3 dashes aromatic bitters
- ½ tamarind chutney
- 1 splash vanilla soda
- garnish: freshly grated nutmeg
- Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
- Strain into a highball glass over one large ice cube.
- Top with the vanilla soda.
- Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.