There’s more to Saint Patrick’s Day drinking than cracking open a cold Guinness. Step away from the green cocktails and get stuck into some of these Irish drinks…
Traditional Irish moonshine, poitin is a fiery spirit made from potatoes or barely, and unlicensed distilling has been outlawed in Ireland since 1661. Nowadays a few kosher distilleries have cropped up like Cooley and a dedicated poitin bar, Shebeen has opened in Kentish Town serving it neat or in cocktails (they make a mean poitin Old Fashioned). At 65% proof be careful though, this stuff may be legal, but it’s strong!
IRISH NEW YORK SOUR
Just because it’s St Paddy’s Day, it doesn’t mean you have to drop your morals and drink something green and artificial. Just switch the brown spirit in your sour for a good Irish whiskey, like Jameson and float some red wine on top.
45ml Irish whisky
20ml lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
Shake all ingredients together, strain into a glass and float 15ml of red wine on top.
Originally served at Shannon airport to a bunch of chilly American passengers on a layover, they then took the recipe back to San Francisco and spread the word. No need to hop on Aer Lingus to taste one though, it’s very easy to make at home.
3/4 fill a hot glass with hot coffee
Add two sugar cubes, stir until dissolved
Add 30mls of Irish whiskey, like Bushmills and top with lightly whipped cream, pouring over a spoon so it floats on top.
Garnish with three coffee beans for good luck.
BLACK AND TAN
While not something we recommend ordering in Ireland unless you’re looking for trouble, it’s highly encouraged to knock back this combination of Guinness and ale elsewhere though. Start by half filling a pint glass with chilled ale and then slowly top with Guinness, pouring over a spoon so it sits gently on top. Cheers.
By no means unlikely bedfellows, Guinness and Champagne mix nicely together in this classy St Paddy’s Day drink. Pour 150mls of cold Guinness into a Champagne flute and slowly float 45mls of Champagne on top by pouring over a spoon.
Or just keep it simple and order a pint at the Toucan, considered one of the best pours outside Ireland. Drink it with a shot of Irish Whiskey on the side for an extra kick.