Feeling a little Irish? You don’t have to drink dyed-green beer to tap into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day Our friends at Portland, Oregon’s Eastside Distilling have come up with some distinctive and fun cocktail recipes to toast the holiday.
“With each successive year, consumers are getting more sophisticated in their beverage choices – they want quality and variety,” says Steven Earles, CEO of Portland-based Eastside Distilling (www.EastsideDistilling.com). Earles company experiments with a variety of flavors in its drinks, such as Cherry Bomb Whiskey and Below Deck Coffee Rum.
Whether St. Patty’s Day merrymakers prefer to be a part of their town’s celebrations, or they prefer keeping it intimate with close friends and family, Eastside Distillery offers these new drink ideas for drink connoisseurs in search of a new tradition.
Editor’s note: These recipes call for Eastside Distilling’s spirits. You can certainly substitute with your favorite brands. Photos courtesy Eastside Distilling.
Who says you need a thick and heavy Guinness to raise a glass to St. Patrick? Why not something light, green and refreshing to attract the luck of the Irish?
1 ¼ oz. Portland Potato Vodka
½ oz. Midori
In a tumbler over ice add Portland Potato Vodka and Midori. Fill to the top with half lemonade and half soda water.
Inspired from the popular Celtic punk band, this feisty coffee has the buzz and kick many enjoy in kicking off an extended night of celebration.
1 ½ oz. Burnside Bourbon
½ oz. Below Deck Coffee Rum
2 tsp. vanilla simple syrup
In a coffee glass add Burnside Bourbon, Coffee Rum, and vanilla simple syrup. Fill glass with coffee leaving about 1/4 room. Top with whip cream and then a few dashes of ground cinnamon. You can garnish with lucky clovers!
A popular attraction in Ireland, the Blarney Stone gives those who kiss it – which requires an acrobatic, back-bending approach – the gift of the gab. The following shooter gives you the same.
1 oz. Burnside Bourbon
½ oz. Cherry Bomb
2 tsp. lime juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker, chill hard, and serve in a shot glass. Garnish with lime wedge. Since most people won’t be able to kiss the Blarney Stone on St. Patrick’s day, make sure to take this shot and then “kiss” (bite) the lime wedge after.
Many of us have fond memories as a child enjoying Shamrock shakes on St. Patty’s Day. Consider an adult version.
1.5 oz. Portland Potato Vodka
1 oz. Peppermint Bark Liqueur
.5 oz. Irish Cream
½ scoop vanilla ice cream
1 scoop mint chocolate chip ice cream
Add all ingredients in a blender a cup of ice. Blend for 10 seconds and serve immediately.
There’s a Moscow mule, made with vodka, and a Mexican mule, made with Tequila – now, here’s an Irish take .
1 ¼ oz. Burnside Bourbon
2 tsp. mint simple syrup
In a tumbler over ice add Burnside Bourbon, mint simple syrup, a splash of lime juice, then fill with ginger beer. Stir together and garnish with mint leaves.