St. Paddy's Day Beertails


By Michele Bacigalupo

Photo courtesy of LenDog64.

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, it’s time to start prepping for the celebration. Drinking a Guinness will suffice on any other day of the year, but for St. Paddy’s, feel free to add the beer as an ingredient to a tasty cocktail. Guinness is a great addition to the Godfather James whiskey cocktail, as well as the Lucky Bloody Mary. Below are three Irish-inspired cocktail recipies that are sure to put you in excellent shamrock spirits.

Photo courtesy of BKB.

What you’ll need for the Clover Fizz Beer Cocktail (via BKB) by Artimeo Vasquez:
1 1/2 oz Vida Mezcal
1 oz Ruby Port
1/2 oz clove syrup
3/4 oz lemon juice
1 tbsp brandied maraschino cherries
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 bottle Pilsner Urquell
1 orange peel

Muddle cherries in lemon juice. Add mescal, port, clove syrup, and bitters. Shake and strain into a Collins glass, then top with Pilsner Urquell. Garnish with an orange twist to serve.

Photo courtesy of Il Mulino Prime.

What you’ll need for the Godfather James (via Il Mulino Prime) by Elvis Djesevic:
2 oz Cutty Sark whiskey
1 oz Disaronno Originale
12 oz Guinness Extra Stout
Mint sprig

Pour whiskey and Disaronno in a tall, iced-packed Pilsner glass and stir. Top with Guinness. Garnish with mint sprig to serve.

Photo courtesy of Pardon My French.

What you’ll need for the Lucky Bloody Mary (via Pardon My French) by Simon Sebbah:
2 oz Referent vodka: horseradish-infused vodka
3 oz tomato juice
3/4 tsp red cayenne pepper
3/4 tsp spicy paprika
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
1 lemon
12 oz Guinness
Spanish olives

Stir together tomato juice, red cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Squeeze lemon juice in spouted liquid measuring cup with the vodka. Combine remaining black pepper and Himalayan sea salt in small shallow bowl. Wet the rim of two cocktail glasses and dip into salt mixture to coat evenly. Pour half of tomato juice mixture into glass and top with half of the Guinness beer. Garnish with three olives on a skewer.