St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to mean a splash of bright green food coloring in your shot of Irish whiskey or beer. It doesn’t even have to mean chugging that heady mixture of both beer and whiskey — with a half-shot of Irish cream liqueur for good measure — that’s known as the Irish car bomb.
Instead, get a little more sophisticated with your emerald-hued celebrations and try cocktails like the ones below. That’s not to say you can’t include a beer with your spirits. Just leave the dye job behind.
Old Thyme Sour
2 oz. Irish Whiskey
1 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz. green chartreuse
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
Pinch of cinnamon
Combine ingredients together and dry-shake. Then add ice and shake thoroughly. Pour into old-fashioned glass and fill with fresh ice.
(Adapted from Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey)
1 oz. Gin
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 bottle Belgian-style wheat beer
Combine the gin, lemon and simple syrup together and shake well. Top with beer.
Pot O' Gold
1 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Limoncello
1 heaped barspoon of lemon curd
Garnish mint sprig
Place ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, then pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
Recipes adapted from Bombay Sapphire Gin