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Sips for the Saint Part 2

March 12, 2009

Here are a couple more drinks this time inspired by popular Irish Drinking Songs.   These will be great for the host of a home party!

jjJames Joyce ‘s Finnegan’s Wake was the insipration to one of the most popular Irish drinking songs of all time.  The “stream of consiousness” prose of the book plays over into the song in which mentions several tipples including the place where poor Tim Finnegan lay “dead” after a fall from a ladder.

 “a bottle of whiskey at his feet and a barrel of porter at his head”

Anyway,  Widow Finnagen serves up whiskey (or brandy) punch at Tim’s wake (pending on who is singing the song)  So here is a punch that combines both.

Finnegan”s Whiskey Punch

1 750 ml bottle of Irish whiskey

1 pint brandy

3 cups Irish breakfast tea  (hot)

2 cups sugar

1/2 T nutmeg

1 cup orange juice

2 oz fresh lemon juice

Dissolve sugar and nutmeg in the hot tea.  Add juices and let cool to room temperature.  Add the liquors, and chill until cold.  Toserve place in a punch bowl with a large chunk of ice (i like to cut a milk carton in half and filling with water to make an ice mold.  It takes a day to freeze, so plan ahead!)

Another way to serve this, and honor another old drinking song, would be to serve the punch in a pitcher (Jug O’ Punch)


ggGrog has been defined a multitude of ways over the years.  The ingredients have varied as well over time.  But the basic definition of a grog  is “watered down” , and named after Admiral Edward Vemon who used to water down the daily rations of rum given to his men.It is now understood as a single liquor long drink or highball.  By definition, Bourbon and Branch would therefore be considered a “grog” but let’s do something a little more creative. 

Jolly Jolly Grog

2 oz Irish Whiskey (my favorite is Jameson)

1 oz honey syrup (equal parts honey and water)

1/2 oz lemon juice

2 oz club soda (or 7 up or even ginger ale)

Build in a highball glass and serve with a straw.

So, once again, tipples to tickle your fancy on this day of celebration.  I wish you the best of this St. Patrick’s Day!!

knot1May the love and protection Saint Patrick can give be yours in abundance As long as you live



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