Here's to a long life and a merry one...A quick death and an easy one...A pretty girl and an honest one...A cold pint and another one!
As tempted as I was to write a blog post about Steak & BJ Day coming up on Thursday (if you don't know what that is then seriously, google it now!) the theme of the day is of course, ST PADDY'S DAY! Celebrated by the folks from the Emerald Isle for over 1000 years, St Patrick's Day has become an everyman holiday the world over. Far from the drinking holiday we all know and love here in the states, St. Patrick's Day originally started as a religious holiday in Ireland. As a matter of fact, until the 1970's Irish law dictated that all pubs in Ireland be closed on March 17th in observance of the holiday. The Irsish government finally realized the error of their ways, repealed the law, turned on the taps, and created a marketing campaign for St. Paddy's that annually draws over 1 million people a year to Dublin. Behold the power of beer!
The good thing for us over here in the land of the free and the home of the brave is that we don't have to fly all the way to Pat's homeland to drink like it. Second only to New Years Eve, St. Paddy's Day has become one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year. This blog post today is to prepare you to drink like our cousins from the Isle with cast iron livers and a deathly fear of the sun.
The first thing I feel I must address is: DO NOT DRINK GREEN BEER! I repeat: DO NOT DRINK GREEN FREAKING BEER!!!! Leprechauns pee in it!! Seriously, it is not an Irish tradition. It is not cool. As a veteran of the bar business I will tell you that whatever the bar tells you is flowing green off of the tap is false. I don't care if they tell you its Bud Light, Coors Light, Budweiser, ect...they are lying!! Green beer is whatever beer the bar can buy cheaply and put green food coloring in. If you are LUCKY it will be Natty Light. If you want to drink like a Brochacho, do so some other day, today is all about the Irish style my friends. To help you with that Irish style I have prepared a timeline of you St. Paddy's Day to ensure you have a good time.
The most sacred of Irish cocktails is reserved for early in the day drinking (actually it is desinged as an after dinner drink but hey, I have to justify drinking in the morning somehow right?) but is good any time before the whiskey runs out. I speak of course of the Irish Coffee.
1 1/2 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
Tablespoon full of brown sugar
Fill with hot coffee (also works with cappuccino)
Top with whipped cream and nutmeg
Anybody familiar with this site or the bartending school knows that whiskey holds a very dear place in my heart. One of my favorite drinks is the American classic Manhattan. For St. Paddy's day I give you a creation not named after one of America's greatest places, but rather, one of Ireland's greatest places - The Emerald.
2 1/2 oz. Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey
3/4 oz. Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth
4 Dashes of Angosturra Bitters
Shake and strain into a martini glass, garnish with a cherry
Now is when St. Paddy's gets fun. A wise man once said that anyone acquainted with Ireland knows that St. Patrick's Day consists of the night of March 17th strongly flavored with the morning of the 18th, meaning we have a long way to go so pace yourself! One good way to slow it down a little so you don't end up plastered is to go with the staple of every Irish bar in the world, Guinness Irish Stout. There isn't much I can say about a pint of good 'ol Uncle Arthur that hasn't been said before but I will tell you this: If you get your pint of the black in less than two minutes then the bartender poured it wrong! (Not that you would have that problem if I taught you how to bartend though!)
Late Night/Early Morning
I would be remiss if I didn't mention one of my favorite Irish shots even though it is highly unacceptable to drink in actual Irish culture. This is due to the strife that has been plaguing Northern Ireland between the Nationalist community, most of whom are Catholic, and the Unionist community, most of whom are Protestant. If you are interested you can read more about 'The Troubles' here. For more about the Irish Car Bomb just keep reading!
1/2 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
1/2 pint of Guinness Irish Stout
Drop in the shot and enjoy!
If you MUST drink something green on St. Paddy's day I will leave you with this last recipe: Irish Eyes
1 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
3/4 oz Green Cremé De Menthe
2 oz Cream
Shake and strain into a martini glass, garnish with nutmeg
That's it and that's all for this post guys, get out there, live it up and party like a rockstar leprechaun. And always remember this: When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let's all get drunk, and go to heaven!
Slainté (its pronounced Slawn-cha by the way) and Erin Go Bragh!!
Signed with my full name in honor of the day,
Jason PATRICK Mitchell