3 Sensational Guinness Cocktails for St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be all about green beer and “Kiss me, I’m Irish” t-shirts (not that there’s anything wrong with those). There’s a rich culture behind the Feast of Saint Patrick, one that calls for an equally rich-tasting beverage to celebrate with. Ireland’s internationally famous Guinness beer is a great place to start. With that in mind, we asked East Village bartender Jon Nutter to devise some Guinness beer-tails for March 17. He came up with three concoctions that are like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
The Boilermaker started out as a popular order among factory workers and coal miners, who’d end the backbreaking work days with a long-anticipated, well-deserved shot of whiskey next to a beer. Since then it’s evolved into one of the more versatile—and best—drinks there is. The Boilermaker can be high-brow, low-brow and every brow in between. This incredible version featuring Bulleit Bourbon and Guinness Draught takes a little effort, but, trust us, it’s well worth it. This is a holiday, after all.
There’s been plenty of cross-pollination between the US and Ireland over the years. After all, there are almost seven times more Irish-Americans than there are Irish, according to census data. The Band of Brews celebrates the overlap by blending Guinness Blonde—a fusion of American hops with Irish brewing techniques—with Dublin’s longtime heritage beer, Guinness Draught, then adding cold brew, coconut cream, and sugar. Topped off with chocolate bitters, it’s a layered, frothy treat perfect for watching a dyed-green river drift past.
Please drink responsibly. Diageo, Norwalk, CT.