Celebrate St. Patty's Day with True Irish Drinks

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with True Irish Drinks

St. Patrick’s Day is an annual holiday held on the 17th of March, celebrating the death of St. Patrick, who was the patron saint of Ireland.  I read a significant amount of information on the web concerning this man. He was a lad who was stolen into slavery and taken to Ireland to watch animals for 6 years.  He eventually escapes back to England, reunites with his family in his early 20’s, and then returns to Ireland. 

Now I have no idea where exactly this all lead to the drinking holiday that St. Patrick’s Day has become, but I take joy in the holiday all the same. And one thing I do know, when it comes fun Irish facts and their drinks, is that Irish whiskey was first distilled by Irish monks about a thousand years ago. Its name is derived from the Gaelic phrase “uisce beatha” and that translates to “water of life”.  So, that should tell you that in Ireland, they take their whiskey seriously!

An example of a fine Irish whiskey is Jameson.  Everyone knows how smooth Jameson Irish Whiskey is and it is one of our bestselling brown spirit items. But did you know that Jameson can be paired with Guinness, a well-known and wonderful Irish dry stout, and Bailey’s Irish cream, for the tragically named Irish Car Bomb? I would not recommend ordering it in Ireland, but it is commonly made in the U.S. This drink is made when  you pour a glass of Guinness, no more than the height of a shot glass, then drop in a shot glass containing ½ ounce of Bailey’s and ½ ounce of Jameson.

Some other delicious Irish drinks that you can enjoy for St. Patrick’s Day (and beyond) include:

  • Smithwick’s – This is an Irish red ale-style beer brewed at the Smithwick’s brewery started in Kilkenny in the year 1710, now over 300 years ago, by John Smithwick and Richard Cole. 
  • Magner’s – This is an Irish cider that offers many different varieties including original, light, pear, and berry.
  • Irish Coffee – This drink is made with hot (generally quite strong) coffee paired with either Irish whiskey, like Jameson or Bushmill’s, and Irish cream, like Bailey’s.
  • The Grasshopper – This cocktail has a gorgeous green color and tastes like a dessert, being made from a combination of crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and light crème. 
  • Irish Flag – This is a layered shot intended to display the green, white, and orange colors of the Irish flag with 1 part crème de menthe, 1 part Irish cream, and 1 part Grand Marnier. 
  • Irish Cola – This cocktail is made by mixing Irish whiskey, Irish cream, and cola.

St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday, 3-17-18.  Enjoy in moderation.


Greg Vanoverloop Beer Wine Spirits Category Manager
Started in the Grocery business bagging at D&W in 1975.  Worked at D&W for 30 years in various departments.
Worked at SpartanNash for 11 years.  Currently the Category Manager for Wine/Beer/Spirits for SpartanNash East.
Have been a category manager since 1990 and a category manager of beer  since 1997.  CM of wine and spirits since 2007.
Have travelled extensively which provided the opportunity to taste many foods and beverages from Hong Kong to Caribbean, from California to Maine.
Love to cook, grill, and bake, snow ski, sail, and read books.    Best baked item – a bourbon pecan pie with rum crust.  Best grilled item – salmon with blueberry onion wine sauce and goat cheese.  Best cooked item – Squash Apple soup with bourbon.  Best ski slope – Go Devil at Keystone.  Best book – Wonder.
1 wife, 3 children, 7.3 grandchildren.