Eat, Drink and Be Merry
For the record, I don’t like St. Patrick’s Day. I mean, I like it in that it is a lovely Irish holiday — and I’m a good Irish girl — but I don’t like that it’s an excuse for people to get crazy drunk and paint their faces green. Also, they don’t really eat corned beef and cabbage in Ireland. Just so we’re clear.
That being said, St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to enjoy one of Ireland’s finest exports: Jameson Irish Whiskey. I discovered this wonderful recipe by accident in an issue of BUST magazine a couple of years ago. On a whim, my husband and I decided to try it and wow…it was love at first sip. We most often enjoy this drink during the long, cold and dark winter months in Minnesota. The hint of peppermint gives it a holiday feel, and the dark, rich taste feels appropriate to the season.
However, it’s also a perfect drink to enjoy on and around St. Patrick’s Day. Spring hasn’t quite sprung so a rich drink still tastes right. Plus, I have news for you: green beer is for amateurs! It’s time to upgrade your St. Patrick’s Day experience with a classier cocktail and this is just the thing:
The Merry Irishwoman
2 parts Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 part Kahlua coffee liquer
1/2 part peppermint schnapps
Pour into a lowball glass over ice. Stir and serve.
Slainte! (And hey, skip the corned beef. See if you can find yourself some decent fish and chips.)