Gearing up for some corned beef and cabbage this weekend? I was disenchanted when an Irish friend told me that they don’t even eat that in Ireland. But drink, they do. This weekend you won’t see me sipping my usual while pub crawling through the city. Don’t get caught with a Budweiser or Cosmo either. Step outside your comfort zone and try a pint of Guinness or a Half and Half (Guinness poured with a lighter beer like Bass or Harp). We call them Black and Tans here, but you’ll sound authentic if ask for it by its Irish name. If you are really adventurous, try an Irish Car Bomb. Guinness, Irish Whiskey, and Bailey’s- another American tradition, but Irish alcohol makes it Irish enough, right?
If you are staying in, make a round of Irish Coffee. Don’t skimp on the fresh whipped cream, it’s the perfect finishing touch. As I type I am tempted to go make my own!
1 cup of quality coffee
1 1/2 ounce of Irish whiskey ( I use Jameson)
1 1/2 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 tsp brown sugar
Fresh whipped cream for topping
Pour boiling water into the glassware to warm them up. Let sit while coffee brews
When ready to make, pour out the water
Pour the shots of whiskey and Baileys into the glass
Pour in the coffee and stir in brown sugar until it has dissolved
Add a dollop of fresh whipped cream
Cheers! Or as they say in Ireland, Slàinte!
JUST FOR LAUGHS
Need a good joke to tell? Well I don’t have any, but I did think this was cute.
Sean Flaherty came home drunk every evening toward ten.
Now, the Missus was never too happy about it either.
So one night she hides in the cemetery and figures to scare the beejeezus out of him.
As poor Pat wanders by, up from behind a tombstone she jumps in a red devil costume screaming, “Sean Flaherty, sure and ya’ don’t give up you’re drinkin’ and it’s to Hell I’ll take ye'”.
Pat, undaunted, staggered back and demanded, “Who the hell ARE you?”
Too that the Missus replied, “I’m the devil ya’ damned old fool”.
To which Flaherty remarked,
“Damned glad to meet you sir, I’m married to yer sister.”