Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Shamrocks

The Shamrock is a dessert drink designed for consumption on St. Patrick's Day. The basic formula for most recipes (not the Shamrock #1 which involves green Chartreuse and has no dairy) involves Irish whiskey, milk or cream, and green creme de menthe. They are all sweet, minty and creamy and go well with cookies. That is why I show them with good snack options. 

The first I want to show off is J.J.'s Shamrock, my favorite one and definitely a special recipe of some Irish bar belonging to the so-named J.J. 
  • 1 oz. Irish whiskey (Proper Twelve used)
  • 1/2 oz. white creme de cacao
  • 1/2 oz. green creme de menthe
  • 1 oz. milk
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

Another variation is the Shamrock #2, done on the rocks with a cherry garnish. This subtracts the creme de cacao and adjust proportions accordingly.

  • 1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey (Proper Twelve used)
  • 1 1/2 oz. green creme de menthe
  • 2 oz. heavy cream 
  • maraschino cherry
Combine liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with the cherry. 

Another quality version of the Shamrock is the P.V. Doyle, named after the Irish Hotel chain pioneer. For this drink, you want to use crushed ice or a blender and pour it all in a large Martini glass to enjoy the minty-slushy goodness. 

  • 1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey (Proper Twelve used)
  • 3/4 oz. green creme de menthe
  • 1 oz. heavy cream
  • maraschino cherry
Add all liquid ingredients with cracked ice in a shaker or blender. Shake or blend and pour into a large Martini glass. Garnish with cherry. (I recommend using a cocktail spear.)

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