For St. Patrick’s Day, a Whiskey Cocktail From the Caribbean Islands
A cocktail in tribute to Tullamore Dew and Montserrat
The Montserrat cocktail recipe.
That day in March with which excessive drunkenness has become practically synonymous is fast approaching. But St. Patrick’s Day isn’t all green and Guinness. In fact, there’s another destination that celebrates with as much historic fervor as Ireland. The Caribbean island of Montserrat is as inextricably linked to March 17 as the Emerald Isle.
Here’s a quick history lesson before we get to the booze. Irish slaves comprised about 70 percent of Montserrat’s population during the 1600s. They led a failed uprising against their colonial captors on March 17, 1768, and St. Patrick’s Day has been a public holiday there ever since.
London-based Charles McCarthy, global cocktail consultant for Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey, offers up an easy-drinking recipe just for St. Patrick’s Day. Fittingly, this cocktail is called the Montserrat. The drink is a twist on an Old Fashioned and is best made with Tullamore Dew Original Blend, McCarthy explained. The whiskey’s notes of spice, green apple, and vanilla pair well with the recipe’s Angostura bitters, sugar, and apple juice.
"People who like full-bodied, aromatic drinks will like this," McCarthy said, "But because of the apple, it has a smoother and more approachable taste."
McCarthy offers up a special tip for Montserrat preparation: put a napkin over the rocks glass and place a sugar cube atop it, then douse the sugar in bitters, which allows the cube to soak up the perfect amount of flavoring. "You can actually watch the sugar drinking the bitters," McCarthy says. Then, simply drop the sugar cube into the glass, break it up, and proceed with the recipe, as such.
Click here for the Montserrat recipe for St. Patrick's day.
12 Fantastic Irish Whiskey Cocktail Recipes
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Irish whiskey is smooth and creates impressive drinks. Whether it's St. Patrick's Day or you're simply a fan of this style of whiskey, there are many great cocktail recipes to try.
While there are tried and true favorites like the Irish coffee, Irish whiskey is surprisingly versatile. From refreshing highballs to short sour drinks, and fancy martinis to fruity delights, it's time to rethink what's possible with Irish whiskey.
Celebrate for 10 Days in Montserrat
St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2019: March 8-18 throughout Montserrat, British Virgin Islands
Montserrat is nicknamed the “Emerald Isle of the Caribbean” and for a very good reason. This British protectorate in the British Virgin Islands celebrates St. Patrick for 10 days and is the only country outside of Ireland where this is a national holiday. It is also the island’s most popular event.
Irish Catholics who were persecuted by their religion arrived here in the 17th century and impacted much of the island’s culture, including the regional dialect, architecture, cuisine, surnames and folklore. March 17 is also celebrated for another reason on Montserrat: it is the day of a slave revolt that happened here in 1768. As a result, St. Patrick’s on Montserrat is rich with Irish and African heritage and Caribbean entertainment.
Photo Courtesy of Leroy Gordon
A Multi-Cultural Holiday
Between March 8 and March 18, partake in a torch-lighting ceremony, a freedom run, a Heritage Bus Tour, a junior calypso competition and much more. A reconstructed slave village in the south of the island sells traditional food like Irish cakes, fried fish and the national dish, Goat Water—made of mutton, cloves and rum. Street vendors also sell games and marbles and feature African-inspired masquerade dances.
Know that the observed holiday is March 18 this year and features the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Slave Feast in Salem. You’ll find visitors from across the world and neighboring islands attending this major festival. Get ready for lots of special deals on Heineken, Guinness and Caribbean rum punch.
Photo Courtesy of Dale Woolnough
Staying in Montserrat
Montserrat still retains that old Caribbean charm and tranquility. Check out the traveler-favorite Miles Away Villa Resort and relax on the island’s nearby volcanic beaches like Lime Kiln. Enjoy boat tours, snorkeling, a deep fishing excursion or just relax with a green drink at the beach—you won’t have the crowds like on other islands.
Photo Courtesy of St. Croix Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
The Best Irish Whiskey Cocktails For St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Boston
(Clockwise) 1) Irish Coffee at Grafton Street Pub / Photo provided / 2) St. Kevin Sling at Drink / Photo by Eric Luciano provided / 3) Irish Maid at Coppersmith / Photo provided /
Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar
The newest draft cocktail here is rooted in deep Irish history, albeit an unsavory one. Made with Glendalough Double Barrel, pineapple, lime and Amaro di Angostura, its name is what white laborers in Barbados and other Caribbean islands were called many Irish men were forcibly serving after the British conquest of their country.
1310 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston, 617-450-9000, citizenpub.com.
A refreshing take on the whiskey cocktail (pictured above): Black Barrel Jameson, which is aged in double-charred bourbon and sherry casks to give it more spicy, nutty notes and vanilla sweetness, is then infused with cucumber at the Southie bar. Elderflower liqueur, fresh cucumber, and lime take it into springtime.
40 West 3rd St., South Boston, 617-658-3452, coppersmithboston.com.
The St. Kevin Sling
Named for the patron saint of the County Wicklow valley from whence Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey hails, this classic drink from Ezra Star also features Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, lemon juice, grenadine, orange bitters, and a splash of soda (pictured above).
348 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-695-1806, drinkfortpoint.com.
Grafton Street Pub
Sadly, this won’t be a spring-like St. Patrick’s Day. Warm up with this mug of Irish breakfast tea with Tullamore Dew, raspberry preserves, and lemon. Or, go for a classic—and beautiful—Irish coffee (pictured above).
1230 Mass Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-497-0400, graftonstreetcambridge.com.
The Marksman at GrandTen Bar. / Photo provided
OK, so not an import—this shaken sipper is made with South Boston Irish Whiskey, made on-site at GrandTen Distillery. Instead of a typical simple syrup, GrandTen Bar manager Steve Schnelwar uses super-concentrated Lapsang Souchong black tea to make smoked honey syrup. With a little lemon juice, it’s a smoky, sweet, spirit-forward experience. And it will pair well with barbecue—the still-to-glass cocktail bar is hosting Boru Barbecue for a St. Paddy’s Day fest, which will feature an entire menu devoted to the house whiskey.
383 Dorchester Ave., South Boston 617-269-0497, grandten.com.
Goodnight Irene (See You in my Dreams)
Designed by cocktail connoisseur Jackson Cannon as a nightcap, this drink is a bit lower in booze than, say, a snifter of straight whiskey. The Redbreast Lustau Edition was born of a friendship between the Irish distillery and Spanish sherry makers Bodegas Lustau. The drink joins sherry with the sherry-aged whiskey, as well as Cynar, and it sips herbaceous with hints of almond and sweet raisin.
500 A Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square, Boston, 617-532-9150, thehawthornebar.com.
Barenjäger honey liqueur makes this Glendalough Double Barrel cocktail buzz.
150 Highland Ave, Somerville, 617-625-1131, highlandkitchen.com.
The 124 at La Brasa. / Photo provided
This Old Fashioned riff from the mind of bartender David Ratiu has Glendalough Double Barrel, and Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters.
Owner and beverage director Jarek Mountain created this cocktail for this speakeasy’s first St. Paddy’s Day: brown butter-pecan-washed Jameson is stirred with hot coffee and house vanilla syrup, and topped with fresh whipped cream.
At Ink Block, 300 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston, 857-239-9276, lionstailboston.com.
Lucky Charms Milkshake
Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar
Imagine how proud of your of-age self an 8-year-old version of you would be. This vanilla ice cream-and-Lucky Charms milkshake is spiked with Irish whiskey, naturally.
The Skinny Dennis at the Smoke Shop. / Photo by Rice Wales provided
Irish Whiskey Skinny Dennis
The Smoke Shop
The frozen coffee at Andy Husbands’ barbecue joint goes Irish this spring with Glendalough Double Barrel.
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-577-7427, thesmokeshopbbq.com.
With an ownership trio named Ward, Walsh, and Sullivan, of course this spot has St. Paddy’s Day options. The boiled dinner special this weekend comes with a pint of Guinness, but try this as a nightcap with Jameson Irish whiskey, Caffè Borghetti coffee liqueur, Amaro Averna, and an egg white.
Irish Tea-Soaked Tipperary
First, beverage director Tenzin Samdo soaks Barry’s Irish Breakfast Tea bags in Glendalough Double Barrel for 48 hours, then blends the infused whiskey with Cinzano Rosso and green Chartreuse.
343 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-790-0808, tavernroad.com.
The Irish Goodbye
Trina’s Starlite Lounge
The night ends with a beer cocktail: Irish whiskey-spiked Harpoon Boston Irish Stout, with a dash of walnut bitters and cinnamon syrup. Good night.
Create These St.Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipes While Watching the Virtual Parade at Home
As we continue to adapt during COVID-19 this year, we know we can still experience the festivities and traditions surrounding St. Patrick’s Day, just in a different setting. Seeing as this year’s NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held virtually, we will enjoy from the comfort of our home. We have selected some fun St.Patrick’s Day cocktail recipes designed for home entertaining. And since SPD falls right in the middle of the week, celebrations will probably be held over the weekend. From Irish Whiskey and Gin, to spirits involving vodka and tequila, these cocktail recipes will pair well with Corned Beef Sliders, Shepherd’s Pie, and that Irish Soda Bread you’ve mastered during lockdown.
Shamrock You Out
- 1.5oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
- 1 cinnamon syrup
- .75ozginger liquer
- .5oz lemon
- 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Next, shake and then strain into a whiskey tumbler with ice. Garnish with a dehydrated, lemon wheel.
Honeydew RumHaven Pop
- 4 oz. RumHaven Caribbean Rum
- 1/2 Honeydew Melon, Cubed
- 1/3 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves
- Juice from One Lime
- 2 tbsp. Sugar
Add seedless, cubed honeydew melon to the blender. Squeeze lime juice into the blender, add mint, sugar and RumHaven. Blend until smooth, then divide mixture among popsicle mold cups and freeze for at least 8 hours. *When ready to enjoy, run molds under warm water to help the popsicles slide out easily.
Gunpowder of Middle Earth
- 1.5 oz Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
- .5 oz Fresh Kiwi peeled and cubed* (can use 1.25 oz kiwi puree alternative)
- .5 oz Lemon juice
- .5 oz Simple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and muddler to create flavor. Add ice to vessel and toss. Double strain into coupe glass. Garnish with slice of kiwi.
- 1.5 oz Grace O’Malley Heather Infused Irish Gin
- .75 oz sweet white Vermouth
- 1 barspoon Aperol
- 4 dashes Rose Bitters (for ex. The Bitter Truth)
- Garnish: Rose petal
Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes and add the ingredients. Stir on ice, then strain into a coupe or martini glass. Add the rose petal to garnish.
Include all ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain mixture into rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with lime slice.
- 2 oz Bribon Blanco Tequila
- 2 oz egg white, from about 2 large eggs
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- .5 oz simple syrup
Add tequila, egg white, lime juice and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker and dry shake. Then, add ice and shake vigorously and strain mixture into rocks glass filled wit crushed ice. Top with a tiny pinch of sea salt.
My Slice of Haven
Add ingredients into an ice-filled Collins glass, and stir together to combine and chill. Garnish with lime.
The Bitter Irishman Cocktail: 1 Part Irish, 1 Part Italian, All Delicious
I'm either one quarter or one eighth Irish, depending on which relative I consult. My family celebrated St. Patrick's Day with cabbage and corned beef, and now that I'm an adult, the bottle of Irish whiskey comes down from my shelf and I make a point of having a shot or two to celebrate that part of my heritage. But St. Patrick's isn't the only saint's day that March brings to my mind.
As a kid growing up in Rhode Island, I experienced another holiday when my Irish Catholic school burned down under suspicious circumstances (it wasn't that great of a part of town) and I transferred to an Italian parochial school. The Italians celebrated St. Joseph's Day, which is two days after St. Patrick's. Everyone ate zeppole (which were so, so good) and wore red and white to the Knights of Columbus parade. There were flowers and candles, an explosion of color.
That part of my childhood left me with a lasting love of both saint's day traditions (and a strange association between slow cooked, cured beef and fried pastries filled to the brim with sweetened cream). I had these two celebrations in mind when concocting this simple cocktail.
Everyone knows about Ireland's long tradition of making whiskey, but most of us are just starting to dig deeper into Italy's booze. Over the past few years I've fallen in love with the sweet and bitter amari that are wonderful after dinner and mixed into drinks. Often, they add just an accent of rich herbs and roots, but why stop at just an accent? To celebrate both cultures and holidays I've decided to make a cocktail that's an even split of Irish whiskey and Italian amaro.
I chose Bushmills 10 for the Irish whiskey. It's light in body and nothing like aggressive, making it a friendly whiskey for mixing, but it offers a lot of caramel and floral flavor that goes down smooth. I've paired it with Averna, a caramelly amaro that's spicy and rich, with a bitter finish that won't overwhelm newbies. The Averna anchors the Bushmills, giving the cocktail some bolder flavors while latching into the whiskey's toasted-sugar side. (Can't find Averna in your neighborhood? You can play around with other amari such as Cynar or Gran Classico Bitter just be sure to give the mixture a taste, since it might need a little more sweetness to come into balance.) The drink highlights the contrast between the light and floral whiskey and the richer amaro, brightened by a punch of sour flavor from a little fresh lemon and sweetened with demerara sugar.
The whiskey's bite and the Averna's bitterness lingers wonderfully between sips. It's a cocktail that may have you vowing to always skip the green beer.
The Caribbean island of Montserrat is the only country outside of Ireland to celebrate St.Patrick&rsquos Day as a national holiday.
This drink is named after this other "Emerald Isle" and celebrates the unlikely relationship between Ireland and the Caribbean.
2 oz of Tullamore D.E.W. Original
½ oz simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes orange bitters
¼ oz apple juice
Fill glass with ice and stir quickly until cold. Be careful not to over dilute. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Float apple juice on top and garnish with an orange twist.
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Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She&rsquos had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book &ldquoMilwaukee Food.&rdquo Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she&rsquos not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you&rsquoll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.
Jameson Will Pay You $50 to Take Off Work St. Patrick's Day
This St. Patrick&aposs Day, Jameson Irish Whiskey is planning to pay 1,000 people to take the entire day off.
As the company noted, it&aposs on a mission to ensure people take at least one day off this year. After all, according to a recent survey by IPX, more than half of Americans say they have not used their vacation days since the pandemic began.
To help remedy this vacation crisis, Jameson is dedicating the month leading up to Saint Patrick&aposs Day to getting people to take SPTO (Saint Patrick&aposs Time Off). The company will even give $50 to 1,000 people to cover the cost of their St. Patrick&aposs Day festivities.
Beyond paying for time off, the brand will also provide fans plenty of ways they can celebrate safely at home this year, including a virtual global concert, a "Hometainment" kit to create an at-home bar experience, and cocktail recipes galore.
Retta Sirleaf (Parks and Rec) and Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) are also joining in on the efforts to serve up the best Saint Patrick&aposs Day ever by lending their comedic talents in an "SPTO" PSA, which encourages fans to take take the pledge and enjoy their much-needed time off.
"If you&aposre like me — a person — then you&aposre probably working too hard and need a break," Retta says in the PSA. "There&aposs too much work, no time for a break, or to celebrate with friends. And to top it off, we were robbed of one of my favorite holidays. But guess what, Saint Patrick&aposs Day is on for 2021."
Beyond encouraging people to actually take a day to themselves, Retta filmed a cocktail recipe demo video to help people celebrate, too.
Jameson even created a few "out of the office" messages and Zoom backgrounds for people to use just in case they need to let others know they are vacationing that day.
Want to get in on that $50 giveaway and all the other fun? All those inspired by Retta and Joe&aposs motivational messages can pledge to take a #JamesonSPTO at the company&aposs Saint Patrick&aposs Day website, where they&aposll receive a special Drizly code and enter to be among the 1,000 people to win $50.00 to use for St. Patrick&aposs Day festivities.
To sweeten the deal, each winner will also see $50.00 in their name go to the Restaurant Worker&aposs Community Foundation (RWCF) to ensure the industry can get back on its feet so we can all celebrate Saint Patrick&aposs Day at our favorite bars together in 2022.
St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Cocktails
St. Patrick’s Day certainly wouldn’t be the same without Irish whiskey cocktails, and Tullamore D.E.W., triple-distilled and triple-blended to be extra smooth, suggests a few! The Iced Irish Coffee, Irish Gold Rush and Many Waters cocktails are perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails
ICED IRISH COFFEE
PREP TIME: 10 mins COOK TIME: 0 mins TOTAL TIME: 10 mins
Author: William Grant & Sons
Recipe type: Cocktail
- 2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey
- 1 teaspoon ground espresso
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 3 parts cold brew coffee
- Fresh cream
Combine whiskey and espresso in a small bowl let stand 15 minutes. Strain whiskey through a coffee filter into a cocktail shaker.
Meanwhile, stir sugar and 2 tsp. hot water in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add demerara syrup and cold brew to cocktail shaker fill with ice. Shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with cream.
IRISH GOLD RUSH
PREP TIME: 10 mins COOK TIME: 0 mins TOTAL TIME: 10 mins
Author: William Grant & Sons
Recipe type: Cocktail
- 2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original
- 3/4 part Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 3/4 Honey Syrup
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake until well chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled double old fashioned glass.
PREP TIME: 10 mins COOK TIME: 0 mins TOTAL TIME: 10 mins
Author: William Grant & Sons
Recipe type: Cocktail
- 1 1/2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Caribbean Rum Cask
- Coconut Water
- 1 Brown Sugar Cube
- 3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
- Lime Wheel
Add Tullamore D.E.W. Caribbean Rum Cask, brown sugar and bitters to a highball glass and muddle. Top the cocktail with coconut water and ice, stir together. Garnish with lime wheel.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Tullamore Whiskey
Taste & See Life friends, treat your friends to these festive St. Patrick’s Day happies. For more information, visit www.oeveryone.com and www.tullamoredew.com. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
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Photos provided by Friedman Marketing and Public Relations c/o William Grant & Sons
Drink the Irish Derby This St. Patrick's Day
There seem to be two camps when it comes to Irish whiskey: those who absolutely love it, and those who don't. But this drink might just please everyone, and it's a great way to bring some Emerald Isle authenticity to your St. Patrick's Day party.
I found the inspiration for this drink in Ted Haigh's Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails—a great book for anyone looking to expand their mixing repertoire. The Derby cocktail dates back to 1947, using a generous portion of tart lime juice alongside sweet vermouth and orange curaçao. It's traditionally made with bourbon as the base, but the formula seemed ready for the substitution of a spicy, slightly sweet, slightly citrusy Irish whiskey like Redbreast.
Redbreast is a bit milder than bourbon, easily overpowered by lime, so I needed to tinker a bit to balance the new drink. Once the lime was cut back, the whiskey was increased, and some Angostura was dashed in, it all tied together wonderfully: the Irish Derby is a multilayered and flavorful drink with a strong essence of orange oil and a sweet floral aroma. With something this delicious to toast with, who needs green beer?