Friday, March 16, 2018

Saint Patrick’s Day History With Irish Potato and Cocktail Recipes

A global celebration of St. Patrick's Day is happening tomorrow, March 17, and this celebration, at least in the United States, is usually done so with the downing of a bit of green beer. It’s kind of a good excuse for some of us to get ripped and celebrate our Irish heritage … even if we’re not Irish. But before you head out to celebrate, check out a few interesting facts about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and a few delicious recipes to help you celebrate!

St. Patrick’s Day is the saint's religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were long ago waived, and the people of Ireland dance, drink, and feast on a traditional meal of bacon and cabbage. The custom of making Irish Potato Candy for St. Patrick’s Day is a way to give homage to the Irish Potato Famine that occurred from 1845 to 1852 and left 1 million dead. Not a happy sentiment … but grab your lipgloss, liquor, and ladies … then dive into these delicious recipes for a fun-filled day … uh … evening that celebrates St. Patrick!

Irish Potatoes Candy Recipe
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar
  • 7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Directions: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Beat until mixture forms a ball. Stir in coconut with a spoon. Roll the mixture between your hands to form small potato-shaped candies or roll into small balls. Place cinnamon in a shallow dish and roll the balls in it. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and chill for about 1 hour or until firm.

Compass Box Great King Street Highball
  • 1 1/4 oz Compass Box Great King Street's Artist's Blend
  • 2 oz good quality soda water/club soda
  • 2 dashes bitters

Method:  Fill highball glass with lots of ice, combine all ingredients, and then add lemon zest. Stir well until cold and let the drink sit one minute for the flavors to integrate.

Around The Corner (created by Pam Wiznitzer, NYC Mixologist)
  • 1.75oz Compass Box Great King Street
  • .5 oz Lillet Blanc
  • .5 oz Benedictine
  • .5 oz yellow chartreuse
  • 2 dashes lemon bitters

Method:  stirred and served straight up

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