By Jamie Grill
Whether you’re planning a fabulous party or plan on crawling the bars, with these drinks it’s easy being green. Whichever libation you enjoy, just be sure to raise your glass and toast “Slà¡inte!” (Pronounced Slawn-cha).
The English word for whisky comes from the Gaelic phrase uisce beatha, meaning “water of life.” On St. Patrick’s Day, stick with Jameson Irish Whisky. Normally you’d drink it on the rocks or as a shot, but if you’re feeling sick and want to be brought back to life, try it as a Hot Whisky, by pouring 2 and 1/2 ounces of whisky, hot water, a slice of lemon with 4 cloves wedged into it, and a teaspoon of sugar into a sour glass. Stir it until the sugar dissolves and the warmth from this Irish cure-all will have you ready to party.
If a full-sized Guinness is too much for you, try a Baby Guinness. These shots are on the sweeter side and can be made easily by filling 3/4ths of a shot glass with Kahlua, a coffee liquor, and gently pouring Baileys, an Irish crème liquor, on top. The floating head of Baileys gives the appearance of a tiny Guinness. You can also prepare an Irish Flag by adding equal parts green crème de menthe, Baileys, and Grand Mariner to a shot glass, in that order. Float each one on top the other and the resulting layered colors will be reminiscent of the Irish flag.
So you’re still craving a cocktail? Try an Irish Eyes, which is a whisky cocktail similar to a White Russian. Add 1 oz of Irish whisky, 1/4 oz of green crème de menthe, and 2 of oz cream to a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Pour into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry. And if that’s still not enough to get you in the mood to celebrate, while it’s not Irish, you can still get into the spirit with a stand-by favorite, a green Apple Martini.