St. Patrick’s Celebrations

What more could a reveler ask for? St. Patrick’s Day – the official day of partying – takes place on a weekend this year. I’m going to have to take it easy because I have a morning flight on the 18th to Phoenix, where I’ll be celebrating food and spa treatments for a week. In the meantime, I’ve been collecting some ideas of how everyone else may want to celebrate (and some drink recipes in case you’d like to just party at home).

If you are in Chicago, head to the Markethouse Restaurant and Bar tonight for Executive Chef Scott Walton’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which will include corned beef with potatoes and green cocktails. The fun will continue on Saturday as Chef Wilton will offer small bite sandwich specials (fish po’boy, hot pastrami and corned beef) as well as Irish Drink specials.

CitySights NY is ready to take you to their top 10 locations to spend St. Patrick’s Day, which include McSorley’s Old Ale House, Manhattan’s oldest Irish pub; the Irish Arts Center; Fifth Avenue, site of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade; and, of course, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

In Wisconsin, the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day during the entire month of March. Each Friday the resort will host an Irish Coffee Experience in the lobby bar at 4:30 pm. Guests can enjoy a $5 drink of freshly brewed coffee mixed with Jameson Irish Whiskey and topped with homemade whip cream.

If you are celebrating at home, her are some cocktail suggestion for you that sound deliciously right for the day of green.

Scarlet Petticoat
1 ½ parts Hendrick's Gin
¾ parts fresh Blood Orange juice
 ½ part Lillet Rouge
¼ part Creme de Cassis
1 slice of Cucumber

Muddle one slice cucumber.
Combine remaining ingredients.
Add ice and shake vigorously.
Double strain into cocktail glass and garnish with blood orange peel and cucumber slice.

The Irish Italian
1 part Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
1 part Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
1 part Earl Grey Tea
1 part simple syrup
¾ part fresh lemon juice
1 part dry, sparkling white wine

Combine ingredients in a large punch bowl with block ice.
Stir to chill and incorporate.
Garnish with lemon wheels.

El Verde
1 part Milagro Silver
1 part Fernet Branca Menta
1 part Green Chartreause
1 part Lime Juice

Shake all ingredients well with ice.
Strain into rock's glass with ice.
Garnish with a lime wheel.

Did you know? According to Irish legend, Leap Years (and Leap Day) have a curious history of being associated with the act of women proposing to men, guided by the Celtic legend of St. Patrick, when he struck a deal with St. Bridget to allow women to propose to men every four years.


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