We all know that when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, an awful lot of beer is consumed, and usually of the ‘paint the town black’ variety. But what if Guinness isn't really to your taste? There's Harp lager and Magners cider and plenty of whiskey...
My dear old Dad loves to regale me of stories about growing up and helping in his uncle’s pub in County Cork. His favourite story involves a certain Dr. Hennessy, who loved to come in after a hard day in surgery and order his own personal concoction he called a "Whacker." It was a shot of Irish whiskey topped with cider, which of course, was local. In a similar vein, there's the Black Velvet option, which is Guinness topped with champagne. Of course that's pricey, so any dry sparkling wine can replace the champers. You can also use cider and to make it totally Irish, go for Magners - and in a perfect world, use their pear cider. But, with the doctor in mind, there are quite a few of us who love to sip on one of the many Irish whiskies available and of course, in a cocktail, a drop of the Irish hard stuff really makes a drink interesting and tasty. And why is that? Because most Irish whiskies are made with several different grains and often triple distilled before the ageing process.
At An Sibin, in the Riverside neighbourhood, pub owner Scott Brockington has an Irish version of the classic Whiskey Sour, aptly called the Black Bush Sour, after the signature brand of Irish whiskey they use.
Black Bush Sour
1 ¼ oz Black Bush Irish Whiskey
1 ½ oz fresh lemon juice
1 ½ oz fresh lime juice
1 ½ oz Ruby Red grapefruit juice
1 tbsp egg white
Lemon or lime wedge for garnish
Shake ingredients and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with lemon or lime wedge.
And for a slightly different sip, Innis & Gunn have come up with an award winning beer that has an Irish whiskey finish (Seasonal Edition Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Finish, pictured above). While it's a Scottish beer, as we all know, everyone wants to be a wee bit Irish, so that's how they manage it. The beer is available at Brazen Head Irish Pub, Foggy Dew Irish Pub, Pogue Mahone Irish Pub, Fionn Maccool's, Murphy's Law Irish Pub and Whelan's Gate Irish Pub.