St. Patrick's Day Whiskey Cocktails

On Friday nights we celebrate "Drinking Friday" with the kind folks from Geek Chic HQ. Every week on their Twitch channel they touch on a different kind of alcohol and the cocktails you can create with that base. I often find new favorites through their suggestions and have a great time doing it. 

Through their friendly personalities and positive attitudes toward drinking they have welcomed and inspired me to engage in cocktails that I might have shied away from before. To celebrate St. Patrick's Day they were mixing drinks with Irish Whiskey. They created two drinks that were a huge hit in our household and were simple enough to make that I wasn't too nervous about my beginner skills.

The first of these has more of the features of a whiskey sour and the other has the lightness and fizz of ginger beer to elevate it. Despite using very similar ingredients they created two very different and equally delightful drinks that I will absolutely add to my regular repertoire. Go to our Friends page to find a link to Geek Chic HQ, and while you're over there please check out their beautiful, high-quality geek furniture. I've lusted over it in person and you won't regret picking up a piece.

First up we have the Honey Whiskey Fix;

DRINK INGREDIENTS:

  • 0.75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz honey syrup (mix 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat until the honey dissolves, put in a bottle in your fridge - easy as that!)
  • 2 oz Irish whiskey (I was using Kavanagh - thanks Andy! - because we had it in the house) 

HOW TO MIX THE DRINK:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until frothy and chilled. Pour into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with a lemon wheel.

And second, the Blarney Stone;

DRINK INGREDIENTS:

  • 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1.5 oz Irish whiskey
  • Fill with ginger beer (my preference is Gosling's)

HOW TO MIX THE DRINK:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until frothy and chilled. Pour into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with a lime wheel.