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3 St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails to Replace Green Beer

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t all about drinking green beer, or at least it shouldn’t be. Ask yourself, are there any good stories that started with “So, I was drinking a green beer”? Of course not. You might not always have a chance to incorporate Irish Whiskey into a drink, but when St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner there is no better time.
 
After recently receiving a bottle of Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey, we decided to test a couple new recipes. Here’s our attempt at a couple quick and easy cocktails that still allow you to drink something “green”:

The Sweet Irish Breakfast – Scott was convinced that if he washed whiskey with bacon, he would create the perfect boozy breakfast cocktail. It’s strong (and different) but coffee + bacon + whiskey = my kind of morning. And with Winter Storm Stella keeping us home today, Scott got mixing this morning for a perfect snowy photo op!

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Sweet Irish Breakfast
This drink gives you a sweet taste with a slight jolt.
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 oz Bacon-Washed Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
  2. 1 oz Strong Coffee
  3. .5 oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
  4. .5 oz Creme de Cacao
  5. .25 Cointreau
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake for about 10 seconds, then strain into a cocktail glass.
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Take That Green Beer Away! – The intention with this cocktail is EASE – don’t think too much, don’t mix too much, and still enjoy a celebratory green beverage for St. Patty’s. And when you add the cocktail glass, you feel ever-so-sophisticated ;)

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Take that Green Beer Away!
Think Irish Whiskey meets spring cocktail.
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 oz Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
  2. .5 oz Midori
  3. .5 oz simple syrup
  4. .75 oz lime juice
Instructions
  1. This cocktail couldn't be easier to put together! Pour the 4 ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass of your choice. We chose this classic glass, rather than over crushed ice.
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Don’t Get Smacked by the Green Hat! – And finally, my favorite. Scott mixed this whiskey libation to please me, combining elements of a Moscow Mule and Cosmo. Add the martini glass and it definitely makes a flirty beverage!

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Don't Get Smacked By The Green Hat
I took a Cosmopolitan, Moscow Mule, and added an Irish Whiskey twist.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
  2. .75 Domaine De Canton
  3. .75 Lime Juice
  4. 4 dashes of Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters
  5. Garnish with a thick lime wedge on the rim of the glass
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake for 10 seconds then strain into a martini glass.
Notes
  1. This drink packs a little bit of a punch after a sweet and tart beginning.
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How will you be celebrating your St. Patrick’s Day? Cheers!!

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