Happy St. Patty’s Day! If you are planning to dress like a leprechaun and drink like an Irishman, you’re in luck. For today, we are taking you on a magical journey to a couple of fine local establishments. We will also be offering you some tasty drink recipes to share with your lads. This week’s Emerald Isle cocktail is The Luck of the Irish. To learn more about our brand visit www.proofbrands.com. Become a friend on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Proof-Brands/181641835185326 and Twitter http://twitter.com/proofbrands to get last minute updates on all of our tastings, parties and events.
the luck of the irish
2 oz. proof whisky
1 oz. sour apple liqueur
2 oz. Ocean Spray® White Cranberry juice
In a cocktail shaker add 2 oz. proof whisky, 1 oz. sour apple liqueur, 2 oz Ocean Spray white cranberry juice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with fresh green apple slice.
Close your eyes, crank up the U2 on your ipod and imagine the perfect St. Patty’s Day. (For this you would need to take the day off work, of course) The day would start off with a traditional Irish Coffee at The Rooster Coffee House. (479 Broadview Avenue http://roostercoffeehouse.com/) For today only, The Rooster is serving Irish Coffees spiked with proof whisky from 1pm on. Michael Riley, proprietor of proof brands will also be mixing green cocktails for any lucky person passing by between 4pm-7pm.
The Irish Rooster
1 ½ oz. proof whisky
1 tsp brown sugar
5 to 6 oz Rooster House Blend coffee
Heavy cream, frothed milk or whipped cream
Pour proof whisky into warmed mug. Add brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour in the hot coffee and slowly add cream to float on top; do not stir.
Once you were fully caffeinated, you would head south to Irish local The Ceili Cottage for the Let there be CRAIC celebration (1301 Queen Street East www.ceilicottage.com)
Here, you would enjoy a succulent plateful of fresh Irish Oysters while being entertained by the Gil-Can Dancers, Mere Mortals Marquee Stage and more. (12pm-close)
Lastly, you would hop in a cab (or public transportation) and head West to Fogerty’s, for a little Cajun flavour, (3481 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke www.fogartyscajun.com) where The Humber-Celtic Band (featuring fiddles, flutes & Irish Pipes) will be playing alternately with a trio of Award-winning traditional Musicians (Debbie Quigley with Julie and Patrick Orceau) from 5pm on. The party will really heat up when the Irish Dancers arrive around 9pm.
Fogerty’s menu will feature Ham & Cabbage, Shepherd's Pie and Guinness Irish Stew. The Bar will serve Guinness Stout, Harp Lager, Single Malt Irish Whiskeys and showcase proof whisky’s Luck of The Irish Cocktail (all day too) Fogerty’s opens @ Noon, has a Beer Tent and a 2nd bar area. They expect to be near capacity by 5pm. (12pm-close) Fogerty’s owner, Robert Costelloe owns several Irish-themed restaurants including James's Gate, Whelan's Gate, The James Joyce (Annex), Kitty O'Shea's (3) and The Blarney Stone(s). Check his website for a list of locations. Other than finding a pot of gold on your doorstep, what could be more enjoyable than this day?
If you are in the Danforth area, Allen’s & Dora Keogh always throw a great bash (www.allens.to)
Want to dress for the event? – stop in at Amazing Party Store (www.amazingpartystore.com) for some great Irish gear.
Did you miss the St. Patty’s Day Parade on Sunday? Here’s a wee bit of a re-cap:
Saturday: Mainly sunny and a high of 6 degrees.
Sunday: Cloudy periods and a high of 6 degrees.
Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!