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st. patrick's day dinner party by
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Despite my disgust
with the whole green beer phenomenon, I am a big advocate of celebrating
my Irishness with a frosty pint or a really good whiskey. The Irish make
terrific non-green beer. There is, of course, the very traditional and
very good Guinness stout, but this can be a little heavy and isn't as
good in cans/bottles as it is from the tap. Try serving your guests
something a little lighter, yet still very Irish; Harp and Murphy's all
make a number of beers ranging from lager to stouts and are sure to have
something to please every taste. Don't forget Killian's Irish Red.
isn't something most people want to drink straight, so I'd suggest
offering an Irish-themed cocktail or two to get the blarney
flowing. Buy a good-quality bottle of Irish whiskey and mix a
batch of Irish Rose (you can make it a Wild Irish Rose by doubling
up the lemon juice and topping with soda water). You can also tone
it down a little by serving Irish coffee after dinner: dissolve a
cube of sugar in about an ounce of whiskey in a coffee cup. Pour
hot coffee over the mix, stir, and serve topped with whipped
1 ½ ounces
¾ ounce lemon juice
2 tsp. grenadine
all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well, and
strain into a glass.
ounces Irish whiskey
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. grenadine
soda water for topping
first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well,
and strain into a glass half filled with ice.
Top up with soda water. Garnish
with an orange slice.
No matter your beverage, make
sure to bring the Irish spirit to the celebration with lots of creative
toasts -- to each other, to the government, to the downfall of the
government, to your grandma's apple pie, whatever. Your toasts should be
long-winded, articulate, creative, and fun. If you've kissed the Blarney
Stone you will be filled with the gift of eloquence.
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