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It’s Not Easy Being Green

Updated: Mar 13, 2019

Photo Credit: Matt Kourie

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, bartenders and bar goers alike brace themselves for what seems like the inevitable wave of drunken stupors, bad decisions, and terrible ideas. All in the name of St. Patrick. However, it wasn’t always this way.

According to TIME Magazine, the Feast Day of St. Patrick has been celebrated since 1630.  Approximately 100 years later, the holiday became an opportunity for Christians to take a day off from their Lent abstinence - which meant drinking. In 1762 New York City had its first parade. A tradition we hold to this day.

So how can we, the sane and hospitable, exercise our enjoyment of St. Paddy’s without getting caught in the wake of unruly drunken behavior? First, get yourself a nice bottle of Irish whiskey. They can vary greatly in mash bill and style, but explore!  Don’t just defer to the usual.

Photo Credit: @teeling_whiskey

We’ve chosen Teeling Irish Whiskey this year. The clean and smooth flavor is thanks to its 50/50 malted/unmalted barley mash bill. We’re also pretty stoked that the 2018 small batch is rum cask finished. That’s offering a sweetness and nuttiness unique to most Irish whiskeys.

Now that you have your Irish whiskey, make some respectful Irish classics. Hot toddy perhaps? Irish coffee is a crowd favorite. Or you can make the next Irish inspired classic. Try our newest creation that echoes a more delicate boulevardier.

Éireann’s Emerald

1 1/2 oz Teeling Irish Whiskey

½ oz Green Chartreuse

½ oz Cocchi Americano

½ oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth

HOW TO MAKE THE Eireann's Emerald Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass. Stir over ice. Strain into a rocks glass over a rock. Garnish with lemon and lime peels.

To experience cocktails like this and more, get Tickets to the Long Island Cocktail Festival on May 19th!

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