St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner once again, although unfortunately it’s looking like we’ll have to wait another year for the packed-out pubs and parades for which the occasion is famed. However, you can always keep your spirits up in style with a St. Paddy’s Day party in your very own home.
The green pint of beer is of course a staple tipple on the 17th of March, but I’ve got to say I haven’t seen very many of them kicking about in the trad bars of Dublin, so I’m not sure how authentic they are… This year let’s take it beyond the green food dye and whip up a taste of the Emerald Isle to enjoy from the comfort of your kitchen.
If you’re missing the social side of things why not hop on a zoom call, and challenge each of the participants to shake up one of the choices below? I’d be interested to see how they all turn out…
We all know the true key to elegance is sophisticated minimalism, and that’s what makes this classic cocktail a firm favourite in the swanky bars of Dublin. It brings together the decadent fizz of champagne and the familiar comforts of Guinness to create a drink that really is the best of both worlds.
Champagne (or preferred form of bubbles)
Fill a champagne flute halfway with Guinness
Slowly pour the champagne into the glass over the back of the spoon
It’s as simple as that – enjoy!
Jameson’s Whiskey Sour
When it comes to Ireland’s national drinks, Guinness is always at the forefront of our minds, but Jameson’s is often a close second – especially amongst whiskey drinkers. If the thought of a full dram of the stuff is more fire than you can handle, then this Whiskey Sour recipe from Jameson’s themselves takes the edge of while still providing a full profile of flavour!
15 ml egg white
50 ml Jameson Black Barrel
1 spiralled lemon peel
25 ml lemon juice
15 ml simple syrup
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Fill your shaker with ice, and then add in your Jameson’s Black Barrel, the lemon juice, sugar syrup egg white and bitters.
Shake it up and strain it into a rock’s glass, popping in the lemon twist to garnish before serving
Leprechaun Rum Punch
Like many St. Patrick’s Day traditions, this recipe actually hails from across the pond, from a lovely Freutcake food blog. It’s is ideal for bigger groups, as you can throw it all into a bowl and let everyone help themselves. If you’re not much of a drinker, you can always skip the booze on this one for a festive mocktail to be enjoyed by all ages. However, just make sure there’s no sneaky leprechauns lurking about ready to spike the punch bowl!
1 bunch fresh mint, stems removed
2 packets Lemon-Lime Flavour Drink Mix (such as Kool aid)
2 litres chilled pineapple juice
2 litres of lemon lime soda
1 bottle (750 ml) white rum (or not)
2 lemons, sliced
3 limes, sliced
Lucky Charms marshmallows or Golden Sugar to Garnish
Muddle the mint with the Kool-Aid directly in your serving bowl or jug
Pour in the pineapple juice and stir until the mix is dissolved
At this point you can keep it chilled in the fridge until serving
When you’re ready, stir in soda, rum (if using) and fruit
For an extra special touch, crush the lucky charm marshmallows into small pieces and place on a side plate, pour honey onto another small plate and put the golden sugar on a third
Dip the rims of the glasses in honey, and then dip the sticky sides immediately into either the lucky charms or the sugar for a fabulous finish to your drink.
Add ice to your glass and pour in the punch!
This is one of my preferred altern-atinis, and its distinctive green glow is perfect for sipping away on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s got a wonderfully refreshing sweet and sour tang, the balance of which you can tip to your preference with your measures of lemon and syrup. Similarly, if you like a drink that packs a punch you can always forgo the apple juice, and don’t be afraid of a teensy drop of food colouring if your ingredients aren’t as vibrant as you might like.
25ml Apple Juice
25ml Apple Liqueur
12.5ml Lemon Juice
12.5ml Simple Syrup
Pop all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice (remember to double up if you’ve got company) and shake it vigorously for about 30 seconds
Strain it into a chilled martini glass
Garnish with a slice of apple on the side, or a maraschino cherry at the bottom
Bailey’s Espresso Martini
This is a fabulously cosmopolitan approach to the Irish Coffee, and a perfect tipple for either gearing up for or winding down from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. You’ve probably tried (or at least heard of) an espresso martini before, but the addition of Baileys adds a luxuriously Irish twist that will keep you coming back for more!
50ml Baileys (bonus points if you can get your hands on the Espresso Creme flavour)
25ml vanilla or normal vodka
12.5 ml Simple Syrup (if you like it sweet!)
Pop all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker
Make sure to leave room for plenty of ice (as it chills the coffee), so perhaps best to make these separately
Give it a REALLY good shake
Strain into a martini glass through a cocktail sieve to ensure the lovely thick and creamy topping
Starting to get a bit peckish?
If you’re going to be indulging in a few beverages this St. Patrick’s Day be sure not to do so on an empty stomach – there’s nothing worse than a party without food! There are loads of fun themed snacks to incorporate into your celebrations, both sweet and savoury, that will give your day a proper sense of occasion.
If you’ve got a slow cooker, then it couldn’t be easier to whip up some Guinness infused beef brisket like this tasty recipe from The Communal Feast. Serve it up in a burger for dinner or stick to the cocktail theme with some cute little sliders – complete with all your favourite toppings of course!
Nigella’s Guinness Cake is an authentic showstopper for any occasion, but it hits the mark just right for St. Patrick’s Day. The deep velvety sponge and decadently creamy topping create that beautiful aesthetic of a perfectly poured pint – which may just be out of reach for many of us this year.
If you fancy something a bit sweeter and brighter, you can always sprinkle everyone’s favourite family baking project with the luck of the Irish. Swap in the Lucky Charms when you’re whipping up a batch of Rice Krispy treats, and give that marshmallowy goodness a St Patrick’s day makeover.
If you’re looking for more ways to tint your day with the Emerald Isle, then head over to our Irish at Heart Instagram – which is packed full of St. Patrick’s Day inspiration. Do you have any fun cocktail or snack ideas to celebrate the 17th of March in style? Let us know in the comments below.