Today we are going to celebrate, we are going to raise a glass to good old St. Patrick the patron saint of Ireland.
That’s right St. Patrick is a real person, not some wee leprechaun in a green hat.
Since Christmas gets a holiday season, I think it is only fair that St. Patrick’s Day gets a celebratory season as well?! Yes! Okay let’s start now with a Champagne cocktail!
I love St. Patrick’s Day just ask anyone who knows me.
It is my favorite holiday. My favorite celebration.
Growing up St. Patrick’s Day usually corresponded with our school break, which meant a family skiing holiday in British Columbia. I have the most wonderful memories of hot chocolate with green whipped cream, celebratory messages written in green in the snow, and a big family party with hearty Irish stews, and green colouring in the butter, cream, drinks, really anything that could be turned green was.
It was always the highlight of our week.
St. Patrick’s Day was fittingly the first time I had a beer in a bar. Thanks Dad!
St. Patrick’s Day was the first day I ever held my now husband’s hand.
So it is very fair to say it was the day of many misadventures of my misspent youth. An all day affair with my Irish and Irish-at-heart friends celebrating from pub to pub. AND that’s all I will say on that. Some things do not need to be shared on the blog. I will say is looking at the photos from year’s past my heart is happy and I am also very happy that my misspent youth was pre-smart phones.
Now my celebrations are somewhere between my misspent youth and a family dinner party.
Well actually they are more or less a family party, I have a pretty fun family.
And what does every party need but a good cocktail!
Since I’m Irish and a lady, what better cocktail than a Lady Irish.
This version is from the cocktail mastermind of Sean Muldoon. I’m starting to become a bit of a cocktail geek and I am obsessed with Muldoon’s creations.
The Lady Irish is everything I love in a cocktail. Champagne, whisky, and far more tart than sweet.
This Champagne cocktail marries together whisky and sherry for a lady like drink with a bit of an edge. Because the Irish are nothing, if not a little bit edgy.
While I don’t believe you should mess with genius, I did hit a few stumbling blocks with the ingredients. Red currant syrup and oloroso sherry were nowhere to be found. So I will direct you back to Muldoon’s original recipe for an Lady Irish and share my version, which I love, made with alvear sherry and black currant syrup.
So I don’t know about your plans this St. Patrick’s Day but my celebrations will include Lady Irish cocktails and a reacquaintance with The Cranberries albums.
- ⅔ ounce Irish whiskey
- ½ ounce alvear medium dry sherry
- ½ ounce Black Currant Syrup
- ⅓ ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon cane syrup
- 1⅔ ounces chilled Champagne
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add all of the remaining ingredients except the Champagne and shake well.
- Strain the drink into a large chilled coupe glass and top with the Champagne.
- Garnish with a twist of lemon.