St. Patrick’s Day is only a day away and has already been celebrated on the Jersey Shore by a huge Irish population (the state’s biggest St. Patrick’s parade in Belmar was Sunday, March 4) that claims the town of Spring Lake is known as the “Irish Riviera.”
Whether you are looking for your lucky shamrock, hunting for that pot of gold, lusting for an Irish stout or planning a go green party, may the luck of the Irish be with you. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, here are a couple of luscious libations to raise a glass with a toast: May your heart be light and your day be bright!
And, May your pockets be heavy—
Your heart be light,
And may good luck pursue you
Each morning and night.
Exclusiv Vodka offers this delicious touch o’ green cocktail for celebrating the day.
Exclusiv Saint Pat’s-tini
2 oz Exclusiv Vodka
1/2 oz Crême de Cocoa
1 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
Shake first three ingredients
Pour into a chilled martini glass and then sink Green Crême de Menthe
Garnish with a mint leaf and chocolate shavings
Mixologists at Avenue Restaurant, Pier Village, Long Branch have created this Go Erin cocktail:
1½ Kiwis (muddled)
1 ½ oz Hendrick’s Gin
1 oz St. Germain
½ oz Lillet – white
Garnish – Kiwi Slice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the kiwi slice.
In planning a St. Patrick’s Day dinner party or any party, there is no more perfect and soothing after-dinner libation than an Irish Coffee. Although different variations of coffee cocktails pre-dates the now classic Irish Coffee with at least 100 years, the original Irish coffee was, according to sources, invented and named by Joe Sheridan, a head chef at the air terminal at Foynes, County Limerick (Foynes' port of entry was the precursor to Shannon International Airport.) The coffee was conceived after a group of American passengers disembarked from a Pan Am flying boat on a miserable winter evening in the 1943. Joe added whiskey to the coffee to warm the passengers. After the passengers asked if they were being served Brazilian coffee, Joe told them it was Irish coffee.
For the traditionalist, there is nothing better than an Irish Coffee with this toast – “If you’re enough lucky to be Irish, you’re lucky enough!
Directions for the perfect mug of Irish java:
Black coffee is poured into a glass mug.
Whiskey and at least one level teaspoon of sugar is stirred in until fully dissolved.*
The sugar is essential for floating cream on top. Thick softly whipped heavy cream is carefully poured over the back of a spoon initially held just above the surface of the coffee and gradually raised a little.
The layer of cream will float on the coffee without mixing. The coffee is drunk through the layer of cream.
*Alternative is to stir whiskey and sugar together to dissolve sugar and taste for sweetness before pouring in the coffee.
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