I know St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until next week, but I’ve been helping put together a big party for this weekend, so I’m in the spirit already. Or should I say I’m in the “spirits” already, having participated in a marathon jello-shot-making afternoon (we made over 700 shots in 8 varieties)! So I dug out my old Clancy Brothers/Tommy Makem cassette tapes (recorded off of the LPs of my childhood), dusted off the old boom box, and started surfing the Kobo site for further inspiration. There I found The Best Irish Drinks by Ray Foley, publisher of Bartender magazine. Who would know the best Irish drinks better than an Irish bartender?
Typically, I’m a beer girl, and my favorite variety is stout, the darker the better. But with over 300 Irish cocktail recipes at my fingertips, I’m ready to branch out. The book features entire chapters devoted to Irish whiskey, Irish creams, beers, cocktails, and Irish coffees. And once you’ve mastered the libations, there’s a chapter on toasts and wisdoms to round out your education. I like this one:
Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.
Beannachtai na Feile Padraig!0