Published on March 15th, 2015 | by Adrienne


What to Drink on St. Patrick’s Day

Are you over green beer? Boorish drunk people in the street? Good, so are we, and this drinking guide is for you.

Long the domaine of pints of Guinness with green food coloring and large green faux-leprachaun hats, we’re excited to see the “holiday” grow up a bit.  It helps that Irish Whiskey has done some growing up of its own.  I love a shot of Jameson as much as the next girl, but I also appreciate a well made sipping whiskey. The craft whiskey industry in Ireland is exploding, making it a great time to explore the category.  For your home (or bar) imbibing pleasure, here are a few highlights to check out.

Teeling Whiskey Single Grain

This is one to sip on the rocks, or in any of your favorite whiskey drinks like an Old Fashioned. Designed to combine the smooth flavor profile of an Irish Whiskey with a little more character & oomph, it’s quickly become a staple of my bar.

Ask for it at New York’s ultimate Irish bar, The Dead Rabbit.

Black Baby Grand
by Jay Zimmerman of Sekend Sun (Get it for 50% off during happy hour on St. Patrick’s Day)

1 1/2 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
3/4 oz China China Amer
2 drops orange flower water
2 dash barrel aged angostura bitters
Sugar cube

In a rocks glass muddle sugar cube, bitters and orange flower water. Swirl. Add Whiskey, Amer and ice cubes. Stir 20-30 times. Garnish with grapefruit twist.

Shoe Maker
by Joann Speigel, of The Dead Rabbit

2 oz. Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey 12yr
1 oz. Fino sherry
1/2 oz. sugar syrup
Dash orange bitters
2 raspberries
Orange slice
Mint sprig
Orange peel

Add dash of bitters, raspberries, orange slice & sugar syrup to shaker tin and muddle.
Add sherry, Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey castle 12yr and ice and shake. Double strain into old fashioned glass and top with crushed ice. Express orange oils from peel and discard. Garnish with mint sprig and raspberry.


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Adrienne is one of the co-founders of Dipsology. When she’s not drinking, sleeping & breathing cocktails, she can be found in Napa, drinking wine instead. You can read about her non-cocktail adventures on her blog and follow her @alstillman.

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