A wee bit of Irish
Channel the emerald isle with these sips.
As beautiful and rugged as Ireland is, it’s also famous for its spirits.
Guinness is the most popular of the Irish brews, representing a robust style of beer made from roasted barley, hops, water and yeast. It is instantly recognizable by its dark color, caramelized flavors and ultra-creamy head that first hits your lips.
But there are many other delicious stouts, like O’Hara’s and Murphy’s. Stouts are sometimes called “a meal in a cup” due to their filling nature.
Another “go-ahead-and-tempt-me” Irish grog is whiskey (spelled with an “e” versus without in Scotland). Irish whiskey is distilled three times; most Scottish whisky is distilled twice.
Peat is rarely used in the whiskey malting process, so you won’t taste earthy, smoky notes in the drink. What you get instead is a smooth style perfect for sipping on its own or in the renowned Irish coffee.
Quick recipe: 4 parts hot coffee, 2 parts Irish whiskey, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and 1 ounce of fresh, heavy cream on top. Pour coffee, whiskey and sugar into a glass. Top with the cream.
Sneak a little sip of Irish Mist into your mug tonight for a special treat. This is Ireland’s legendary whiskey liqueur made with honey, herbs and other spirits. It is sure to warm you on one of March’s deceptively chilly days.
Murphy’s Irish Stout beer (4-pack) — $8.19
A big black brew with notes of dark-roasted coffee, cocoa powder, damp earth and a bit of hops. This is sure to satisfy anyone who likes hearty ales.
Knappogue Castle 12-year-old Irish single-malt whiskey — $37.99
Smooth and elegant, this is an experience in luxury sipping. It’s triple-distilled to enjoy with or without water or coffee.
Irish Mist honey liqueur — $25.99
Sweet with notes of herbs and spice, this is a chilly evening’s goodnight sip. Serve it slightly chilled if drinking straight up, or slip some into a warm beverage like tea or coffee.