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St. Patrick’s Day Drinks (and a few treats for the wee ones)

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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!)

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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.

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.

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St. Patrick’s Day Beers And Recipes

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Good news everyone! St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us and you know what that means. Especially if you looked at the picture first.

It’s Irish-inspired recipe time. You may find something you want to experiment with before the big day.

The first recipe is beer jello shots using Guinness and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Does it get any more Irish than that? If you’re not a fan of Guinness, there are also instructions using different beers.

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Here’s 5 beer cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day using Irish beer.

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But what is beer if you can’t enjoy some food with it. This collection of 10 sweet and savory recipes also offers beer choices to go with each recipe and a brief description of each beer.

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A wonderful and easy main course dish to make could be Guinness & honey glazed pork loin.

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Sometimes you would rather have your Black Velvet in edible form, such as these Black Velvet baby cakes.

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And if you would like the recipes for some traditional fare such as soda bread, Irish stew and Irish coffee, have a peek at my post from last year.