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What r ya havin’ on St Paddy’s Day?

March 17, 2010

So, St.Patrick’s Day has come around again.  Though St. Pat’s Day is actually a religious holiday, we have taken it as a oppurtunity to celebrate a culture of people who have been a major influence in American history. Bluegrass came from Irish Folk influence.  Almost half of our Presidents are of Irish descent.  36.3 million Americans claim to be Irish, which is four times the population of Ireland.  But enough silly trivia.

St Patrick’s Day will fill the bars around the country with customers covered in green ready to drink their fill of Guinness, whiskey, or Heaven Forbid green beer and pickle backs (haven’t heard?  Shot of Jameson’s with a pickle juice chaser).

But for those who do not share a taste for the dark beers and straight whiskeys, how about taking a clue from Mrs. Finnegan, widow of Tim Finnegan.  The characters are from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake then turned famous Irish folk song of the same name.  Ole Tim was a roofer who also was fond of a tipple in the morning which cause a fall one day, and poor Tim was dead.  At her husband’s wake, Mrs. Finnegan served a little Whiskey Punch.

  • 1 1/2 oz Irish Whiskey
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2-3/4 oz simple syrup (1:1)
  • 1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur
  • Splash of Club soda

Combine all ingredients in a shaker except Soda, with ice and shake.  Strain into an ice filled glass and top with soda.  Garnish with seasonal orange slice and cherry or with seasonal berries.

BTW, Back at Finnegan’s Wake, a small fight breaks out and bottles go flying.  A a bit of whiskeys falls on Tim…….

“Bedad he revives, see how he rises, Timothy risin’ up from the dead.  Saying “Whittle your whiskey ’round like blazes, Thunderin’ Jaysus, do ya think Im dead?”

Slante!

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