It’s March, which means spring is in it baby steps, baseball is happening, snow will be distant memory and our favorite drinking holiday is here! It’s St. Patrick’s Day - The Greatest Reason for a four day hangover.
St. Patrick’s Day is the true drinkers favorite day of the year, so we figured it was in our alcoholic duty, er… wisdom to help out with a few awesome St. Paddy’s Day drink ideas. Trust us, this is the knowledge that will provide you with an opportunity to get creative with your libations this St. Patrick’s Day.
Don’t order an Irish Car Bomb in Ireland!
Irish Car Bombs are virtually unknown in Ireland. The Irish Car Bomb was invented in 1979 by Charles Oat at Wilson's Saloon in Norwich, Connecticut, NOT Dublin as most people assume. Despite it being well known in The States, and with Frat Bro’s everywhere, if you order a Car Bomb in Ireland, chances are someone will want to kick your ass.
The "car bomb" refers to the fact that the drink is a "bomb shot” - but also nods to the many car bombings that took place during the Troubles in Ireland. For this reason, the name is sometimes deemed offensive and some bartenders refuse to serve it. Lots of people died, it was a mess.
The Devil made me do it:
If you’re looking to defy logic with your drinking prowess this St. Patrick’s Day - give the Green Devil a try. But be warned, this a drink NOT for beginners:
- 1 ounce gin
- 1/2 teaspoon absinthe
- 1 bottle Duvel (11.2 ounces)
- Take a beer glass (preferably one made for Belgian beers) and coat the inside with absinthe.
- Add gin, and fill with beer, aiming for a nice, foamy head. Get plastered.
Don’t mess with St. Patrick:
St. Patrick had a strong sense of street justice. St. Patrick cured a blind man, but took away the sight of the blind man’s neighbor who made fun of him.
St Patrick was said to have proclaimed that everyone should have a drop of the "hard stuff" on his feast day after chastising an innkeeper who served a short measure of whiskey. In the custom known as "drowning the shamrock", the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of the evening.
Irish Eyes Cocktail
Irish Cough Syrup
Feelin A Little Bit Under The Weather? Yeah, they have a drink for that too! A hot toddy is a traditional drink in Ireland used as a nightcap to help you sleep. It is also commonly used if you have the cold or flu, forget about cold remedies a couple of ‘hot toddies’ will soon ward off the chills and have you feeling right as rain in no-time.
Irish Whiskey Hot Toddy
- 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
- Boiling water
- 1 measure of Irish Whiskey
- 3 cloves
- 1 slice of lemon
Heat the glass you wish to serve the hot toddy in, as this will prevent the glass from breaking when the hot liquid is poured in.
Add the sugar and dissolve in a little of the hot water.
Add the whiskey, cloves and the slice of lemon and fill up with the boiling water.