It is that most joyous time of the year when EVERYONE is Irish! And I know that it’s the most joyous time of the year because St. Patrick’s Day is when my little blog has the most views of any day of the year so…
Beimedh a gole!
(Let us be drinking!)
Guinness, a popular Irish dry stout, is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. And it could have health benefits. According to this BBC News article, “A pint of the black stuff a day may work as well as a low dose aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks.”
Drinksmixer.com has a variety of stout mixed-drink recipes such as Black Velvet, Guinness Float and Irish Russian.
I rarely drink coffee. When I do, either Irish Cream is involved or I’m having an Irish Coffee. Most Irish Coffee recipes have similar ingredients and directions such as this one from BBC Food.
1 cupful of strong, hot, black coffee
1 tsp sugar
1 measure whisky
1 small carton double cream
And here’s a video that shows you how to make an Irish Coffee along with some of the tricks of the trade such as warming the glass before preparing the coffee and how to get the cream to float on top.
If you prefer cocktails, discovery.com, those fine purveyors of science, technology and history, also have 10 St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails for you to consider, such as the Emerald Isle.
1 part Gin
1 tsp Green Crème de menthe
2 dashes bitters
Pour the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Should you not want any alcohol in your drinks or you have some wee ones that will be joining you, spoonful.com has some non-alcoholic drinks and some treats for the kids such as a dairy-free shamrock shake and shamrock drops that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Have fun, drink responsibly, have a designated driver or the taxi company’s phone number with you and enjoy being Irish.