St Patrick’s Day Cocktails

As I mentioned in our post about Irish Stout and Whiskey Cupcakes, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s day, so there are lots of folks who will be pounding cheap green beer, or maybe if they are lucky, drinking a Guinness.  However, many self respecting Irish lads and lasses will be celebrating in the traditional manner and toasting the day with a bottle of Irish whiskey.  If you aren’t quite into drinking the whiskey straight, here are two Irish themed cocktails, the An Bodharn and an Irish Cider.  Both drinks feature one of the oldest Irish whiskeys, Bushmills, which has been distilled since 1608, when they were awarded a license to distil by King James I.

The An Bodharn

The An Bodharn (a bodharn is a traditional Irish drum popular in Celtic music) is creamy cocktail that will give you a taste of the Emerald Isle with out all of the bite of the Bushmills.   This drink features a raw egg, which is an old school way to give serious body and texture to a cocktail.  I hear all you squeamish types out there freaking out,  “Raw egg! Ewww!” but this technique is a classic that has been used for centuries by barmen to make some fantastic classic drinks.   Take a walk on the wild side and live a little!   I found the basic recipe on but modified it a bit to fit my tastes and ingredients I had on hand.

The An Bodhran Cocktail

The ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey
  • .75 oz  Port
  • 1 tsp  Maple syrup (the original calls for maple sugar, but since most folks don’t have this on hand, maple syrup and simple syrup will have to do!)
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • 1  Egg
  • 1 drop of bitters
  • 3 drops of Creme de Menthe or mint bitters to garnish.

Get a cocktail coupe or martini glass and chill it by placing ice cubes in it while you are prepping the the drink.Dump the ice out right before you pour the drink in, as we don’t want ice ruining the smooth texture of this drink.

Put the whiskey, port, maple syrup and simple syrup, bitters and egg into your shaker.   Fill the shaker about 3/4 full of ice cubes (not crushed ice, as we want the cubes to do some whipping!)  Shake vigorously for 1 minute.  Strain into your glass and place 3 drops of the creme de menth on top to garnish.

Creamy and frothy from the egg, the An Bodharn has a smooth mouth feel that has a sweet richness from the port and maple that compliments the smoky bite of the whiskey. Enjoy!

The Irish Cider

Our second cocktail features two Irish staples, whiskey and cider.   Apples have a long history in Ireland, being featured in classic Celtic songs and even being listed as a noble tree in the ancient Irish law tracts of the 7th century.  Naturally with apples being highly prized, cider and cider making were also a prized occupation and many monasteries took up the art along with their brewing of beer.  Cider and whiskey are a good combination and this cocktail uses both to make a nice strong cocktail.   The mint and lime add a bit of lightness to help make the drink quite refreshing.

Irish Cider Cocktail

The ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey
  • 1.5 oz Apple cider (I used Woodchucks)
  • .5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup or pinch of sugar (adjust this to taste if you want it sweeter)
  • 4 drops creme de menthe (you could also muddle two mint leaves in the bottom of the mixing glass, but with it being winter, I had no fresh mint)
  • 1 apple slice for a garnish

Fill a cocktail coupe or martini glass with fresh ice cubes.   Mix the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.   Stir.  Strain into the glass.   Garnish with an apple slice or a sprig of mint.

As they say in Ireland Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!’ (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!)

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