Drinks from Ireland

photo by Alex McDougall

I work for the Oregon Daily Emerald, the University of Oregon’s campus newspaper, and in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day we ran a story in our arts and entertainment section about Irish-themed drinks. (If you want to know how to make these drinks, check out the story!)

There’s the Guinness, for beer drinkers. Whiskey for the hardcore. The Green Dublin Apple Cocktail, a mix of apple schnapps, whiskey and white cranberry juice. The Irish Blonde, a mix of whiskey, orange curacao, sherry and bitters. The Irish Buck (one of my favorites), a delicious mix of whiskey, lime juice and ginger ale. The Sparkling Shamrock, a mix of vodka, elderflower liqueur, juiced cucumber, cucumber, lemonade and muddled mint leaves. And the Shamrock Shaker, a mix of milk, Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua and Amaretto.

My favorite are the Irish Buck and the Sparkling Shamrock. The Irish Buck is fizzy and sweet with a tangy kick. The Sparkling Shamrock is cool and refreshing.

For Saint Patrick’s Day I bought some Jameson Irish Whiskey and made some Irish Buck cocktails for my friends. It was a nice Irish-inspired drink to go with my friend Lucy’s Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner.

I also celebrated the holiday in Portland at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub. My friend Leslie and I drove up for the three-day long St. Patrick’s Irish Festival on Friday. Kells had tons of different beers for beer-drinkers (alas, gluten!), a real boxing match, and live Irish music. (They were also serving whiskey and ginger ale…) It was a great atmosphere and fun way to spend the holiday.


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Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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