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St Patrick’s Day Cocktail – Ad Bodharn Whiskey Cocktail

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Last Updated on October 14, 2019 by The ‘Noms.

A perfect cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day, this Irish whiskey cocktail is sure to please everyone not drinking green beer!



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 is the An Bodharn. It features one of the oldest Irish whiskeys, Bushmills, which has been distilled since 1608, when they were awarded a license to distill by King James I.




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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 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.






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.





Yield: 1

An Bodharn - An Irish Whiskey Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

An Irish Whiskey cocktail alternative to green beer on St. Patrick's Day!


  • 1 drop of Angostura bitters
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • 1 tsp Maple syrup
  • .75 oz Port Wine
  • 1.50 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey
  • 3 drops of Creme de Menthe or mint bitters to garnish


Chill a cocktail coupe by placing ice cubes in it while you are prepping 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, 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 menthe on top to garnish.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 216Total Fat: 4.4gSaturated Fat: 1.4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4.5gSugar: 5.6gProtein: 0g

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