This Irish Whiskey based cocktail is going to be the easiest cocktail you’ve ever made to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. With a mere touch of Creme de Menthe to turn your golden colored whiskey green without overpowering the flavor, you can festively enjoy fine whiskey.
Any Irish Whiskey you choose will be more than suitable for this cocktail. I highly recommend you familiarize yourself on the basics with my other article, Introduction to Irish Whiskey.
For this round of mixology, I opted for Kavanagh Irish Whiskey. A blended whiskey, the notes are sweet and light with vanilla and caramel, which pairs well with the sweetness of creme de menthe. Matured in ex-bourbon barrels, this won the Double Gold Medal in the San Francisco Spirits Competition. This lesser-known brand will set you back a mere $20.
When selecting a Creme de Menthe, you’ll want to choose a brand which isn’t overpowering in sweetness. Creme de menthe is usually derived from Corsican or peppermint which is filtered and sugar is added. I haven’t been able to detect a difference between the two types of mint. I normally use a Blanc creme de menthe, which is clear and doesn’t have any green dye, however, for the sake of celebrating St Patrick’s Day, I chose Vita Divine.
To get the large ice cubes, I use a silicone flexible ice cube tray. If I am feeling particularly fancy, I will quickly run the cubes under water in my hands and quickly shape and smooth before serving. Yes, this has gotten compliments on my nice looking ice.