MY GOODNESS, MY GUINNESS – AN IRISH MILKSHAKE!

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I can’t help but mentally flip through visions of the many quintessential St. Patrick’s Day icons. Think Leprechauns and corned beef and cabbage served on menus throughout town. Think mugs of green beer and shots of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey along with “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirt-clad friends. Yes, March is here and it’s time to celebrate all things green, Irish and festive so we’re presenting a drink you’ll soon add to your annual St. Patty’s Day party line-up – a Guinness Stout Milkshake. The best-known of Irish beers, Guinness is a dry stout beer that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness in 1759 at St. James Gate, Dublin. And while there are stories and even books written about how to properly enjoy a Guinness (including the science of perfecting the perfect pour into a pint glass!), we’ve found a way to build on this beauty of a beer by making it into a milkshake worthy of even the King of all Leprechauns! Enter Jameson’s Irish Whiskey and some chocolate ice cream and this beloved Irish beer enters a whole new level of St. Patrick’s Day greatness. This milkshake is easy to construct with only 3 ingredients, it’s delicious and as soon as you make it for your friends everyone will be asking for the recipe!

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GUINNESS STOUT MILKSHAKE

TOOLS :: Blender
GLASS :: Pint glass
EXTRAS :: Canned whip cream and dark chocolate syrup for garnish
SERVINGS :: 2 milkshakes
INGREDIENTS::
4 cups Chocolate (or vanilla) ice cream
2 shots Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
1 bottle Guinness Irish Stout

HOW TO MAKE IT :: Add all ingredients to blender in the order listed above. Blend until smooth. Pour contents into pint glasses. Garnish with swirl of whipped cream and ribbon of chocolate syrup.

As you and your friends happily sip away at this delicious Irish treat, you can impress your friends further by explaining to them that not only is Guinness beer famous worldwide (it’s served in 150 countries), but it’s also the reason the Guinness Book of World Records exists! The idea for a “book of records” began in the early 1950s when Sir Hugh Beaver, the Managing Director for the Guinness Brewery created the very first book and provided it as an advertising promotional item to pubs that served Guinness beer! The first edition of the book even carried the historic “Guinness Irish Harp” logo on its cover, much like every bottle of Guinness displays to this day.

So feel free to proudly sport that “Kiss Me, I’m Irish!” t-shirt this year and impress your friends with a little Guinness Stout history and an amazing Irish Milkshake that will make you re-think ever reaching for another green beer on St. Pat’s Day!

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PERFECT IRISH WHISKEY COCKTAIL

St. Patrick’s Day gives all of us a chance to get into that Irish state of mind. What better way to celebrate than with a bottle of Irish whiskey and a new cocktail? We’re going classic here—no green dye required.

Derived from a Gaelic term meaning “water of life,” Irish whiskey is one of the oldest distilled beverages in the world. Irish whiskey’s unique flavor is due to the fact that the whiskey is distilled three times (versus most bourbons or scotch, which are distilled only twice), and that gives the spirit its signature smoothness and sweetness. So let’s kick-start your St. Patrick’s Day with a libation that’s sure to become a favorite, long after the holiday is over.

Irish whiskey drink fit for a Queen!

Irish whiskey drink fit for a Queen!

QUEEN OF CLUBS
Get it? Clubs…Shamrocks…girl power? Giggling yet?!

TOOLS :: Barspoon
GLASS :: Old Fashioned
EXTRAS :: Lime wheel for garnish
SERVINGS :: 1 cocktail

INGREDIENTS ::
1 ½ oz. Irish Whiskey {Bushmills, Jameson, Tullamore Dew, Kilbeggan to name a few}
¼ oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
2 oz. Ginger ale

HOW TO MAKE IT ::
• Add Irish whiskey and lime juice to an Old Fashioned glass
• Using barspoon, stir gently to combine
• Fill glass with ice – all the way to the top!
• Add Ginger ale and use barspoon to combine
• Crown the cocktail with a lime wheel

Since the annual holiday of St. Patrick’s Day has become a wonderful reason to enjoy a cocktail or two, this drink provides you a chance to taste a little of the Emerald Isle while sharing one thing in common with all Irishmen ~ Irish Whiskey! All that’s left now is to raise your Queen of Clubs cocktail, toast your friends and shout “Erin Go Bragh” (Ireland Forever)!

HAPPY HOUR No2 ~ WHISKEY SOUR

Its been a few weeks since we did a HAPPY HOUR so we figured today was as good a day as any and it’s Friday! Today’s Happy Hour cocktail ~the Whiskey Sour~ comes from our vintage collection and has a long, lovely history in the world of cocktails. Some say the Sour evolved from the practice of adding lime juice to rum rations to prevent scurvy among sailors in the 1700s. That’s certainly an interesting way to discover a good cocktail! At G+LaR we love it because it’s an iconic cocktail worth celebrating.

Our recipe lets you continue to take advantage of all those beautiful lemons that are readily available and combines it with Bourbon. If you don’t have Bourbon, you can use your favorite Whiskey and still enjoy every sip.  So celebrate your Friday by trying this vintage wonder. In true G+LaR form, it’s simple to make and delish!

WHISKEY SOUR

Bourbon adds a bit of vanilla sweetness to this Whiskey Sour

Bourbon adds a bit of vanilla sweetness to this Whiskey Sour

TOOLS ::  Shaker, bar spoon, strainer and ice
GLASS ::  Old Fashioned
EXTRAS ::  Maraschino cherry, lemon wedge
SERVINGS :: 1 cocktail

2 oz. Bourbon (We like Bulleit but you can use your favorite Whiskey)

1 oz. fresh Meyer lemon juice

2 barspoons (heaping) of powdered sugar*

2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

smidgen of egg white

HOW TO MAKE IT ::

  • Add all the ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake it like you mean it! Actually, shake it twice as much as usual to ensure you’ve really mixed up those egg whites.
  • Strain the contents into an Old Fashioned filled with ice.
  • Garnish with your lemon slice and maraschino cherry.

*If you don’t have powdered sugar you can always use simple syrup, but we love how the powdered sugar adds a better texture and flavor

CLASSIC MANHATTAN

What is it about a Manhattan? Is it that they have a Sinatra-era sexiness to them? Is it the retro feeling? There seems to be something sleek, fashionable and powerful about a Manhattan and ordering one always feels just a little…dangerous. “I’ll have a Man-ha-tan please”. We think you have to say it all smooth and throaty to order it right (channel your inner Marilyn M.). History on the drink claims it was made for Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchill’s mother, then later popularized at the Manhattan Club in New York in the 1870’s.

The Manhattan is still regarded as one of the greatest cocktails created. It’s as strong and enjoyable as a properly made martini, and like a martini, it’s made with 2 simple ingredients. Here at G+LaR we grew up with a slight variation on the original drink: we add just a small splash of the juice from the cherry jar. After consulting numerous talented bartenders, they all agreed that adding the juice (just a small splash!) was key, especially for “Manhattan Rookies” and those looking to expand their drink tasting menu.

So put some old Rat Pack Lounge tunes vinyl on your turntable and try a Manhattan. It’s time.

THE MANHATTAN

Classic and smooth ~ The Manhattan

Classic and smooth ~ The Manhattan

TOOLS ::  Mixing glass, bar spoon, strainer and ice
GLASS ::  Martini
EXTRAS ::  Maraschino cherries (in their juice)
SERVINGS :: 1 cocktail

2 oz. Bourbon (or you can use your favorite Whiskey)
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
½ teaspoon of Maraschino cherry juice from the jar
2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

HOW TO MAKE IT ::

  • Combine first three ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and stir with bar spoon.
  • Squirt Bitters into your Martini glass. Swirl the bitters around to coat the inside of the glass. Don’t go all the way to the top of the glass – just hit the bottom 2/3rds.
  • Using your metal cocktail strainer, strain Manhattan into the Bitters-coated glass.
  • Garnish with a Cherry.