Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

A recent news story featured a man who was completely disgusted with the public drunkenness associated with St. Patrick’s Day. He wants to make the holiday a “dry” one. I can’t argue when it gets to the point of throwing up and passing out, but Irish spirits and beer, consumed responsibly, deserve their place in the tradition and celebration of St. Paddy’s Day.

Enjoy a classic Irish whiskey like Jameson, or bump it up a notch to a small-batch whiskey like Greenore Single Grain 8-Year. Irish Mist is traditionally used in Irish coffee but it also tastes great in tea. The local Irish pub may be serving green beer with their corned beef and cabbage, or you may prefer to grab a pint of Guinness.

One of my favorite exports of the Emerald Isle is Baileys Irish Cream which was introduced to the international market in 1974. The manufacturer, Gilbeys of Ireland, has added eight different flavors to the line, so there’s a Baileys for everyone’s taste. We’ve sampled some of the brand’s imitators, such as Emmets and Merrys, but always find our way back to Baileys. We like to sip it chilled from the refrigerator. Bars often serve it on the rocks, but we find that adding ice tends to water down its creamy quality and that’s a minus in our book.

Show off your mixology skills by serving the B-52 cocktail for St. Paddy’s Day or any occasion. The recipe is 1 part Kahlua, 1 part Baileys Irish Cream, and 1 part Grand Marnier. Layer in a glass in order (Kahlua, Baileys, Grand Marnier) by pouring slowly over a spoon.

Life is like a cocktail, it’s all in how you make it!

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