There are few things more traditional on Saint Patrick’s Day than a Guinness. But if you’ve got work the next day, or had a hearty meal of traditional Irish food for dinner, then filling up on several Guinness’ probably isn’t going to be easy. Get down a few more cocktails with the help of these drink recipes that are sure to get you in the mood for Saint Patrick’s Day and beyond.
1 1/2 ounces Jameson Irish Whisky
3/4 ounce Noilly Prat sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 can Guinness
Add the whisky, vermouth, and bitters to an empty mixing glass, then add enough ice to fill the glass 2/3 of the way full. Stir for 20 seconds and then strain into a Martini glass.
Pour Guinness into a cold glass large enough to hold the whole can plus a little extra (16-24 oz.). After pouring, wait about 90 seconds for the Guinness to settle. Carefully spoon all of the light brown foam from the top of the Guinness and place it gently on top of the drink, in the Martini glass.
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Port O'Call Cocktail
1 ounce Guinness
1 1/4 ounce Martell VSOP (or other nice, assertive cognac)
1/2 ounce St-Germain
1/4 ounce crème de cacao
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Orange zest, for garnish
Add all of the ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir and then strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with orange zest.
As we all know, a great cocktail can make an evening, especially on Saint Patrick’s Day. A stout from Dublin is a great way to start the March holiday, but it’s not the only way to go. Get creative, much like these bartenders did, and create your own cocktail that still exemplifies the Saint Patrick’s Day spirit.