Ready to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but wanting to take it up a notch beyond green beer? Do not fear, here are a few J.K. O’Hanlon-approved Irish cocktails. With these libations, you can feel suave and cool compared to the guy in the plastic green bowler hat drinking the green beer.
1. The Emerald: Feel the cool of a Manhattan, but with an Irish mayhem twist. Instead of rye whiskey or bourbon in a traditional Manhattan, an Emerald uses Irish whiskey.
2 oz. Irish whiskey
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes angostura bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry. Look dapper.
2. Irish Coffee Cocktail: All the great tastes of Irish coffee in a martini glass.
1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz. Irish whiskey
1 oz. espresso (feel free to use the instant stuff — I do all the time!)
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. So much sexier than Irish coffee in a mug!
So, enjoy the parade, but when you get home, make a few cocktails using the best of Ireland’s spirits. Raise a glass to our Irish friends with these cocktails, and say “Slainte!”