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Happy St. Patrick's Day
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Beam Whie House Russian Cocktail

March is Green for St. Patrick's.  May the luck of the Irish be with you and may you enjoy some great beverages to celebrate.

Dan Hutchinson

Drink Me, I'm Irish

Sipping the Connemara Peated Single Malt, I was transported back to one of my first dates with a handsome Scotsman.  Sixteen years later, that Scotsman, now my husband, has a tear in his eye for a different reason. The exquisite joy of discovering truly excellent Irish whiskey.  Pamela explores Cooley Distillery

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Dr. Bamboo - Casey's Cannonball

Ever find something you thought had been lost forever? Great feeling, right? That's how I feel about Okolehao.

Okolehao is a spirit native to Hawaii, and depending on which recipes and traditions are followed, can vary widely with regard to ingredients and flavor profile- Comparisons have been made to rum, tequila, moonshine, and even sake.

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     Or Bitters...
My first order of business is to dispose of the 'bitters' part of the entry. Bitters, in reference to beer, is usually known, in the States, as pale ale. Or at least I think it is. Truth be told, I found very little material on the subject, and while I'm sure there is someone out there that can give me a list of why bitters are different from pale ale, I'm willing to leave the current discussion there.

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Beam Whie House Russian CocktailInterview with a Bartender
Victoria, BC is located on Vancouver Island and is not know to be a hot spot for great bartenders.  Sara brings us up to date on Shawn Soole, an Australian trying to change that image in the province's capital.  Straight from Clive's in the Chateau Victoria comes a bar that is changing the game in the city.
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Green Gaming...

Unfortunately I don't have any new games for you this month. Instead, I bring to you a few twists to make some classic games a bit more Irish.  Saint Patrick's Day is an Irish holiday that celebrates the life and contribution of Saint Patrick. The Irish have celebrated this holiday for over a thousand years.  Like a lot of major cultural holidays, as Americans, we use it as a great excuse to have a party.

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Paddy Cocktail

Irish eyes are smiling this month with a forgotten classic, the Paddy Cocktail. "Paddy" is an Irish nickname for Patrick, and what better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than a cocktail named after an Irishman. When you first bring a Paddy Cocktail to your lips, you'll smell the caramel, with hints of vanilla and cherry. The first taste will prove that you weren't imagining the aroma, and it will bring you back to the holidays . . . as if you were drinking a whiskey-soaked cake. Perfect before or after your meal. The Paddy Cocktail is now one of our favorites, and it's a great addition to your Irish whiskey cocktail repertoire.

Paddy Cocktail

(adapted from Mr. Boston's Official Bartender's Guide)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey (try Jameson)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Carpano Antica vermouth
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters

Stir in ice for 30 seconds and strain into chilled coupe or cocktail glass.

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All the best to you, your family and friends.
Dan Hutchinson and the Bar None Drink Recipes Team