17th March 09:05
Celtic ****tails (5) Collection
I'm not late, we're celebrating St Patrick's Day early !! haha
By Ron Givens
New York Daily News
You could celebrate St. Patrick's Day by showing your true color - green
beer to go with your green clothing and green plastic bowler hat.
You could be a strict traditionalist, and sip a Guinness or an Irish
whisky (see sidebar below).
But why not take a different path this year, by choosing a ****tail in
honor of the Old Sod? A number of bars have created drinks for the
"Guinness and Irish whisky should be flowing freely on this day," says
George Delgado, a consultant who did the drinks menu at Libation, a new
bar/restaurant with Irish ownership. "But I see room for improvement in
the celebration when people start mistreating themselves to green beer."
Delgado came up with the Shamrock Smash, which gets its Irishness from
Jameson whisky and its green hue from creme de menthe, but only a few
drops of the minty liqueur are required. Anything more would drown out the
whisky - and that's a common problem.
"Irish whisky is hard to mix with because it is unfailingly polite," says
David Wondrich, author of "Drinks: An Opinionated & Irreverent Guide to
Drinking" and a ****tail consultant to 5 Ninth restaurant. "It tends to be
drowned out by louder ingredients."
For the Weeski ****tail, which is a regular part of the 5 Ninth drinks
list, Wondrich used Lillet, a French aperitif wine. "It's subtle enough to
get both ingredients mixing rather than struggling," says Wondrich.
For a more familiar Irish whisky drink, there's the Irish coffee - 2
ounces of whisky in a sweetened cup of coffee, topped with whipped cream.
And there are other Irish ingredients that will mix well. Guinness and
Champagne hang out together in the Black Velvet - equal portions for the
squeamish, but with more stout for those who love the black stuff.
Even an Irish cream liqueur can join the festivities. Shake 2 ounces of
Baileys or Bushmills over ice with 1 ounce vodka - Boru Irish vodka seems
particularly appropriate - and strain into a ****tail glass.
At Libation, Delgado uses the citrus version of Boru in his Celtic Cosmo.
"Just because you don't drink whisky or stout," he says, "doesn't mean you
can't find an Irish way to toast the day."
(From Grace, 114 Franklin St.)
1 1/2 ounces Clontarf Classic Blend Irish Whiskey
1/2 ounce Berentzen Apfel Korn
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 dash simple syrup
Shake ingredients vigorously with ice, strain into a chilled martini glass
and top with Champagne.
(From Libation, 137 Ludlow St.)
1 1/2 ounces Boru Citrus Irish Vodka
1/2 ounce Celtic Crossing liqueur
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with lime.
5-8 mint leaves
2 wedges of lime
1 ounce simple syrup
2 drops of green creme de menthe
2 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
In a double rocks glass, muddle mint and lime in syrup and creme de
menthe. Add ice and Irish whisky; finish with a splash of club soda. Serve
with a stirrer.
(From 5 Ninth, 5 Ninth Ave.)
2 ounces 12-year-old Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 ounce Lillet blonde
1 teaspoon Cointreau
2 dashes Fee Brothers orange bitters
Stir ingredients well with cracked ice. Strain into chilled ****tail glass
and twist swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top. (If you can't get
the orange bitters, use one dash Angostura bitters and a twist of orange
(From Kennedy's, 327 W. 57th St.)
2 ounces Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
1 ounce sweet vermouth
dash of Angostura bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into martini glass and garnish with
Toast to tradition
When it comes to Irish beer, Guinness is by far the best seller, but there
are other stouts as well: Murphy's, Beamish and a new arrival, O'Hara's.
Beamish makes a good red ale. Smithwick's is a pleasant amber, and Harp an
okay lager. Avoid Killian's, made by Coors.
Irish whiskies of all types can satisfy. Jameson is a good basic choice,
as is Tullamore Dew. Jameson Gold is rich and honeyed, while Redbreast is
deeper and very complex. Black Bush is spicy, while Tyrconnell is a hearty
single malt. And if you truly have the luck of the Irish - meaning
leprechaun money - go for Knappogue Castle 1951. It's an amazing mouthful
of flavor, but it'll cost you about $800 a bottle.
Source: Clipping-Cooking Digest
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