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St. Paddy's Cocktails: A Dubliner Guide

Posted: 03/16/2012 10:04 am

by Noella Schink, Guest Blogger for the Menuism Cocktails Blog

Maybe he drove the snakes from Ireland, maybe he was a whiskey-slugging missionary -- the legends all say something different about St. Patrick. Either way, the ritual remains around the world that on his day, you deck yourself out in green shamrocks, claim to be Irish even if you aren't and drink your fill -- and who's to argue with 1,000 years of tradition? It's the most widely celebrated saint's day on earth! Whether you make it to Dublin this year or you'll just be enjoying the revelry stateside, here are a few ways to enjoy the generously flowing Irish whiskey and beer alongside the Irish nationals. Slainte!

Since Jameson served neat isn't for everyone (though it's legit as it gets, if you're looking to impress the Irish), the following libations cover some sweet, some sour, some spicy and some dead obvious options for your St. Paddy's day toast. Remember, if the bar is serving green beer, run away immediately and don't look back -- you won't find any Irish partaking in such silly gimmicks!

St. Paddy's Day Cocktails originally published on the Menuism Cocktails Blog.

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Though this is widely thought to be an Irish tradition, the "Black and Tan" moniker usually used for this drink is actually offensive in some circles, due to political and military associations much too cheerless to explain here. Guinness is gently layered atop a light ale or lager (usually Smithwick's or Bass Ale) in this pretty pint. If you wish to avoid awkward misinterpretations and potential political brawls altogether, man up and just order a full Guinness. Or ask for a "Half and Half," and the bartender will be impressed with your stout savvy: the ideal 44-degree Guinness is achieved by mixing 1/2 room temperature and 1/2 refrigerated beer. Get your Light and Bitter at McDaid's at 3 Harry Street.
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Noella Schink is a classically trained bartender from Portland, Maine. She had an enlightening, albeit gruff mentor, John Myers, who has been gracing the Northeast United States with his unparalleled mixological savvy for over 20 years. Noella now writes about the food and drink she fancies from her travels to Canada, the Caribbean, New Zealand and the UK. When you arrive in Dublin for the St. Paddy's Day festivities, she recommends Auto Europe for your car rental in Ireland. If you are enjoying Ireland's national day here in the States, grab the nearest redheaded Irishman and have fun!

 

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