To put it less delicately, I love my drinks. Love. Wine, beer, scotch, gin, rum, vodka (I am going to stop here for fear of filling the page). Everything about the things we ferment appeals to me. Particular aromas, diverse flavours, myriad colors, tantalising scents, variable viscosity's, the countless combinations of spirits and the history behind every culture's particular spirit and how(why) it came to be, all bring me great joy.
I love the tasting ritual, the pairing with food to bring out various subtleties, the shopping for glasses that will bring out the very best in each spirit to make it more pleasing to the nose and palate. The communal gathering of friends to talk, laugh and share various spirits with. The occasional evenings with a perfect, ice cold, blessed Hendricks martini, all on my own. Green olives please. With pits.
|Blessed Hendrick's ...1.75 Liters ...it's not a typo ...|
Yes, I have a St. Patrick`s drink recipe.
Yes, it involves tree parts ...
|Tree parts ...and mini rosebuds ...|
Time to drink ... ahem ...dish. ...I meant, time to dish. ...
Ladies and gentlemen, the honorable Emerald Presse a la dish.
|The honorable Emerald Presse ...|
Here is what you need ...
- John Jameson Irish Whiskey (amount: your discretion, I have a heavy hand ...)
- Two to three ounces of Elderflower syrup
- Cedar tree "leaves" (rosemary needles if you do not want to bother ...but you should ...)
- Mini rosebuds (optional but so pretty and adds a touch of sweetness if you can find them)
- Very fizzy mineral water
Here is what to do ...
- Bruise Cedar "leaves" in a mortar and pestle to release aroma and oils. Then in a glass with ice, add all the ingredients including the Cedar leaves and rosebuds, mix and enjoy.
- Have at least two.
- Maybe three ...it is St. Patrick's day after all ...to honor the Irish, long live!
Okay so here is the lowdown on St. Patrick:
- Lived long ago (400ish AD)
- Born in Britain
- Captured, enslaved and brought back to Ireland by Irish raiders (curve ball yes? who knew?)
- Returned (#%!???)
- Preached (as free man) for 30 years
- Original St. Patrick's color was blue
- No one knows when or why it changed
- No one knows when it went from obligatory church festival to booze infused debauchery
- The Catholic church is trying to reclaim it
- I think the drunks will win