You might not be a whiskey drinker for 99% of the year, but come St. Patrick’s day, everyone is Irish for the day (or week as it may in fact be). In order to honor this special designation, it’s necessary to chase every Guinness with a drink made from fine Irish whiskey.
Glendalough Distillery is Ireland’s first craft distillery. So no, it’s not as old as the beautiful castles in the countryside, but what it lacks in age, it makes up in flavor.
Glendalough Irish Whiskey is available at bars in major cities around the US. If you’re looking for a special St. Patrick’s Day treat (instead of moumtains of cheap beer), here are 6 ways you can drink Glendalough Whiskey – at a bar near you, or even at home if you’re feeling like a mixologist.
Cocktail: Interdimensional Crossrip
Personality/Venue: Sean Gleason from the Biltong Bar
2 oz. chai-infused Glendalough Double Barrel
0.75 oz. Vin Picon
0.75 oz. Sorghum pecan syrup
0.5 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. of egg white
Method: Shaken up in a cocktail glass and garnished with crushed chai tea
Cocktail: Irish Spiced Sour
Personality/Venue: Carley Noel Gaskin from Bad Hunter in Chicago
1 ½ oz. Glendalough Double Barrel
¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz. Banana Chestnut Puree*
½ oz. honey
½ oz. Don Ciccio walnut liqueur
1 egg white
Ground cinnamon to garnish
*Banana Chestnut Puree
1 C chestnut puree
2 bananas peeled and chopped
1 C coconut milk
Add all ingredients to a blender or VitaMix and pulse into smooth.
Method: Dry shake all ingredients and then shake hard with ice. Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with ground cinnamon to taste.
Chicago Tasting Events
- Bernie’s Lunch and Supper: St. Patrick’s Day Special featuring Glendalough Pop-Up cocktails from March 11th-18th
- The Drifter Bar: Featuring Glendalough cocktails throughout the month of March and hosting a Glendalough Night on March 16th
- Bangers and Lace: Glendalough whiskey flights and St. Patrick’s Day cocktail running throughout the month of March
- East Room Chicago: Jams & Jammers featuring Glendalough Irish whiskey sampling and cocktail specials on March15th
Cocktail: Red Legs
Personality/Venue: Jace Sheehan from Citizen Public House in Boston
1 ½ oz. Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
¾ oz. Pineapple Juice
¾ oz. Lime Juice
½ oz. Ango Amaro
Roasted pineapple wedge garnish
Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a wedge of roasted pineapple.
Cocktail:St. Kevin Sling
Personality/Venue: Ezra Star from Drink Fort Point in Boston. (voted Best Bar at Tales of the Cocktail among many other accolades.
1 ½ oz Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
¼ oz Grenadine
4 dashes Orange Bitters
Garnish Long Lemon Swirl
Method: Add your whiskey, juice, Dry Curaçao, Grenadine and bitters to a shaker with ice, and shake up a storm. Then strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top it up with soda water. For full effect, your lemon swirl should wrap the whole way around the inside of the glass.
Personality/Venue: Lead Bartender/Partner Mick Perrigo from The Left Door
1 1/2 oz. Glendalough Double Barrel
3/4 oz. Yzaguirre Vermouth
¼ oz. Benedictine
2 dashes of star anise tincture
Method: Pour on the rocks and stir
DC Tasting Events
- Whiskey Seminar at James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant & Bar (3/14)
- Glendalough Takeover at The Left Door (3/15) – On Wednesday, March 15th at 8 p.m., guests are invited to The Left Door for a special Gothic St. Patrick’s Day Party hosted by Glendalough Distillery, Ireland’s first craft distillery.
- Glendalough Pop-Up Cocktail Night at Granville Moores (3/16)
- St. Patrick’s Day Party Bar Deco (3/17)
- Glendalough Pop-Up Cocktail Night at Kingfisher (3/18)
- Glendalough Pop-Up Cocktail Night at RiRa in Georgetown (3/24)
Cocktail: In the Navy
Personality/Venue: Aaron Hayden of Peruke & Periwig in Dublin. This is a twist on the classic Navy Grog and was voted best cocktail during the Dublin Cocktail Festival.
Glass: Rocks Glass
1 ⅓ ounces of Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
⅓ ounce Amaretto
1 ounce grapefruit juice
⅔ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce caramel liqueur such as Giffard’s Caramel Toffee
2 drops Peychaud’s bitters
Method: Shake and strain into rocks glass, garnish with grapefruit and mint sprig.
The good news? You have options.
What’s your favorite thing to consume on St. Patrick’s Day? Corned beef and cabbage is a perfectly acceptable answer. Share your preferences in the comments below!