Saint Patrick's Day Without The Black Stuff

Sam Cook By Sam Cook, 16th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Ever felt like you've "Got to have a Guiness on St. Paddy's?" This article is here to say that's NOT the case. Read on to discover Irish alcohol alternatives if you're not a fan of The Black Stuff.

Pint Sized Problem

This Thursday marks one of my favourite days of the year, Saint Patrick’s Day, and once again I’ll hit the bars in true “Irish fashion”. Sporting giant shamrocks, wearing green and consuming all that is Irish, this year will no doubt be another fantastic festival. However, for me, there is one pint sized drawback to this holiday and that’s the pressure I feel to drink a beverage I hate. Yes, that’s right, Guinness! I hate the stuff, yet every year I’m told “it’s tradition” to have at least one pint. And I am sure I’m not alone. So if like me you feel the pressure to drink Guinness as a means of “getting into the Irish spirit”, this article is here to save the day. This year will be different. Seriously, Ireland has more to offer than the Black Stuff.
Here I offer to you a holiday guide with a variety of Irish alcoholic alternatives to help make your day that bit better.

Top O' the Morning to Ya!

So let’s start with the morning (For you early-starting Paddy’s)
Coffee has been a morning favourite for centuries and I hardly ever start my day without a why should the 17th be any different? All we need to do spice things up. Make our morning coffee more “Irish.”
And here’s all you need:
• Whipped Cream,
• Sugar (optional),
• Coffee (instant or ground),
• Your favourite Irish whiskey.
Once you have your ingredients the recipe couldn’t be easier. First of all, brew the coffee as you usually would. Then simply take your Irish whiskey and add the desired amount to your coffee. Depending on how much of a kick you’re wanting first thing on a morning determines how “Irish” you make it. I usually go with 1 ounce of whiskey to 6 ounces of coffee. Next, if you take your coffee with sugar, add now and mix in until it dissolves. If you prefer it without sugar simply skip to the finishing touch of the recipe, a dollop of whipped cream on top of your morning beverage. Voila, a delicious Irish coffee and a we’re off to a great start.
(Unsure about Irish brand Whiskey? See the list below this article)

Afternoon Ideas

With the morning out of the way, we want to go on as we began. Still, in the early afternoon we won’t be wanting anything too heavy. My recommendation: Irish Cider. A pint of this refreshing drink will go down a treat, especially if you’re lucky enough to get some sun. Magners (Bulmers in Ireland) is an obvious choice however John J. Kelly’s Traditional Hard Cider is an equally tasty alternative. Plus if original cider isn’t to your liking there are plenty of other flavours to suit you need, from pear to raspberry. Why not mix it up a bit?

Cocktail O'clock

Now the day’s really getting into full swing and we’re ready for something perhaps a bit adventurous... The time has come for Irish cocktails.
Nevertheless, the night is still young and we want to make it to 8 O’clock at the very least (past 8 and it’s every one for themselves) Therefore, I suggest going for something delicious yet not so destructible, e.g. The Irish Rose (NOT to be mistaken for the Irish WILD rose). This fresh and fruity cocktail is a must this Thursday, and I’m sure you’ll be drinking it for many St. Paddy’s days to come.

The ingredients are again pretty simple:
• 1 ounce of lime juice
• 1 ounce of pomegranate syrup
• 6 ounces of ginger ale
• 1 ounce of Irish whiskey
All you need to do for this fantastic cocktail is mix the ingredients together and pour over ice...or you could just ask the barman to do it. (If you like this you might also like to try an Irish Spring: 1oz Irish Whiskey, ½ oz Peach Brandy, 1oz Orange Juice, 1oz Sweet and Sour Mix, 1 Orange Slice, 1 Cherry garnish)

Still Standing?

By this time that neatly drawn shamrock painted on your cheek has now become a weird smear. The words “I LOVE St. Paddy’s day!” have been said far too many times and let’s face it... you’re drunk (or somewhere close). There’s no going back now. It’s time for some serious Saint Patrick Day drinking.
Deadly but delightful, it’s the Irish Shillelagh. After a few of these, you might start seeing leprechauns.

Irish Shillelagh Ingredients:
• 1.5 ounces of Irish whiskey
• Half ounce of gin
• 1 teaspoon of white rum
• 1 teaspoon of peach schnapps
• 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon of sugar syrup

Just pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake and then pour over ice.

A Guinness Free Success

And there we have it. A fantastic Saint Patrick’s Day and not a drop of the Black Stuff. I could go on with these suggestions all night, recommending shots of Ireland’s finest whiskeys or proposing other concoctions (I happen to think a Bailey’s and ice is the only way to end the night) but let’s be honest. Anything I tell you now will be forgotten in a haze of cider, cocktails and everything green. You’ll probably end up having a Guinness (God knows it’s hard to resist an Irish Car Bomb when you can no longer taste). But I hope that this article has provided you with a variety of alternative Irish drinks to enjoy on the 17th. I hope also that you all have a great Saint Patrick’s Day and remember...drink responsibly...

List of Irish Whiskey:
• Jameson’s
• Tullamore Dew
• Locke’s Single Malt
• Bushmills
• Dunville’s
• Midleton
• Green Spot


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I am 20 year old student from Wakefield and currently study Creative Writing in West London. I have always had a passion for artistic writing, and hope to find a career in it in the the future.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Mar 2011 (#)

Happy Saint Patty's Day. I will just be drinking Coke

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author avatar Sam Cook
17th Mar 2011 (#)

Haha, fair enough Mark. As long as you have a good time.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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author avatar Denise O
17th Mar 2011 (#)

Sounds like a great day to me. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sam Cook
17th Mar 2011 (#)

So far, so good Denise. Thanks a lot. And Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!! :)

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
17th Mar 2011 (#)

Awesome read Sam! Happy St. Patricks day, to all. I come from a long line of Irish gypsies so this is a day to celebrate.

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author avatar Sam Cook
18th Mar 2011 (#)

Thankyou Melissa :)
Hope you had a great day yesterday.Sadly I'm feeling the effects at the moment, but was worth it.

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