Friday, March 11, 2005

The Friday Cocktail - St. Patrick's Day Edition

StPattyCocktailThe photo is the Jameson's St. Patrick's Day via Sounds like a good drink, but my drink of the week is going to be:

Faith and Begorah
1 1/4oz. of Maker's Mark
Splash of Rose's Lime Juice
1/2oz. Amaretto
Garnish with a green cherry

I'll have to let you know on Monday how it was, but it sounds pretty good. I'm likely to replace the Rose's lime with real lime juice and maybe a little sugar/splenda. I got this recipe in an email as part of my membership on the Maker's Mark Ambassador's club. It's free and they send me shwag every so often. So far I've got 3 golf balls printed to look like they were dipped in the famous maker's wax, 4 acrylic tumblers with the maker's mark logo etched into them, and a set of swizzle sticks that are short, made for old fashioned glasses instead of tall for rocks glasses. The swizzles look like a wax dripping with the logo imprinted at the top, just right for gripping between your thumb and forefinger.

Here are a few more of Maker's based St. Patty's drinks:

Erin go Braugh
1 1/4oz. of Maker's Mark
splash of Midori for color
Generous splash of cherry juice
Garnish with a green cherry

Blarney Stone
1 1/4oz. Maker's Mark
Splash of apple liquor
Garnish with a green cherry

I also found several tasty sounding drinks at cocktailtimes. Including several deserty sounding drinks: Irish Gimlet, Irish Mule, Raspberry Lane, and Irish Creme Cafe.

And, to help you enjoy these spirits, a few irish toasts:


As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.

May the Irish hills Caress you
May her lakes and rivers bless you
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you

May those who love us love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping

Some may say the glass is half empty,
Some may say the glass is half full,
But the Irish will forever say
"Are you gonna drink that?"

From Sine Irish Pub:

Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again.

'Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!'
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
May those that love us, love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if he doesn’t turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping.

(pronounced 'slawn-cha', meaning Health! A common toast in Ireland, the equivalent to ‘Cheers’)
I have a friend who signs cards and emails with Sláinte, I never knew what it was about til now.

And one appropriate joke considering the time of year (also from Sine):

An Irish man shows up in a pub one day and orders three pints of Guinness. He takes sips from each glass until they are empty and calls the bartender for three more. The bartender says, 'Sure it's up to yourself, but wouldn't you rather I was bringing them one at a time? Then they'll be fresh and cold.'

'Nah...' your man says, ' I'm preferrin' that ye bring 'em three at a time. You see, me and me two brothers would meet at a pub and drink and have good times. Now one is in Australia, the other in Canada and I'm here. We agreed before we split up that we'd drink to each other's honour this way.'

'Well,' says the bartender, 'that's a grand thing to do, all right. I'll bring the pints as you ask.'

Well, time goes on and your man's peculiar habit is known and accepted by all the pub regulars. One day though, he comes in and orders only two pints. A hush falls over the pub. Naturally, everyone figures something happened to one of the brothers. A group of the regulars corner the bartender and finally persuade him to find out what happened. With a heavy heart, the bartender brings the two pints and says, 'Here's your pints... and let me offer my sincerest condolences. What happened?'

The Irish man looks extremely puzzled for a moment, and then starts laughing.

'Oh, no, no, no! 'Tis nothing like that. You see, I've given up drinking for Lent...'

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