Coming up with an Irish themed cocktail for the week has thrown me for a loop. The grim prospect of Bailey's Irish Cream, and noxiously green drinks made with creme de menthe, nearly put me off the whole idea altogether. And heaven knows you don't need a recipe to make green beer. I wouldn't drink it and I'm not going to post about it either.
I don't know that I've ever even had an "Irish" cocktail. I know they must exist, but none have come my way and when I'm in Ireland, I usually stick to Jameson Irish Whiskey. So Whiskey it is today ... and none of its going to be green.
- 2 oz. Irish Whiskey (Jameson or Tullamore Dew)
- 1 oz. Navan (vanilla cognac)
- 3/4 oz. fresh orange juice
- dash or two of orange bitters
- orange peel for garnish
Fill a martini shaker with ice and over it pour the whiskey, Navan, fresh orange juice and bitters. Cover and shake well until the outside of the shake frosts. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with some strands of orange peel. Serve and enjoy, repeat as necessary!
Ok, so I know there's no cream in my creamsicle, but the vanilla notes of the Navan combined with the oj, really do put one in mind of a creamsicle. A decidedly adult creamsicle, at that, since the whiskey lends a nice punch. Be forewarned, this little beauty goes down smooth so it might just sneak up on you. I loved it and I hope you will too.
If you're not in possession of the Navan, and don't want to buy it, I'll offer a simple classic ...
Jameson and Ginger:
- 2 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
- ginger ale
- wedge of lime
Fill a highball glass with ice and over it pour the Jameson. Top up the drink with ginger ale and squeeze in the juice from a wedge of lime. Stir. Garnish with a wheel of lime. Serve and enjoy, repeat as necessary!
Armed with these two recipes, you're sure to be celebrating St. Patty's Day in fine fashion next week. And, bonus, not a green drink in sight!
So, what are you planning to drink next Wednesday? Have any Irish cocktails of your own to share? Thirsty Diva wants to know.