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Charlie McCarthy, All About The Cocktail

Enjoy two very sophisticated St Patrick’s Day cocktails

By LLM Reporters on 12th March 2016

Forget pints of warm Guinness. Why not mix up some delicious Poitín cocktails to have a slightly more sophisticated St. Patrick’s Day.

The Hermit’s Reward

Created by Charlie McCarthy, All About The Cocktail

The Hermit's Reward
The Hermit’s Reward

Poitín would always have been made from local crops and drunk neat or mixed with the bounty of the land. This long, easy-going cocktail combines Glendalough Poitín with apple juice, honey, citrus and a touch of Green Chartreuse. St Kevin (who appears on the Glendalough bottle) and St Patrick both spent their formative years tending sheep on the Irish hills, while Chartreuse comes from the hermitage of Carthusian monks. The power of three (Irish Shamrock) is also celebrated in the triple garnish.

The Hermit’s Reward is a long refreshing drink, show-casing what a great mixer Poitín can be.

Ingredients
35ml Glendalough Poitín
15ml fresh lime juice
10ml honey syrup*
5ml (one teaspoon) Green Chartreuse
Apple juice to top

Method
Fill a hi-ball glass with ice and add each of the ingredients, finishing with the apple juice. Give it a little stir and then garnish with lime zest, mint and rosemary.

*How to make honey syrup: In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup honey, then add 1 cup water. Stir until fully incorporated, then let cool and refrigerate.


Lent Breaker

Created by Charlie McCarthy, All About The Cocktail

Lent Breaker
Lent Breaker

Growing up in Ireland in the 80’s you’d always give up chocolate for Lent. And St Patrick’s Day was the one occasion where you were allowed to break your fast. This ‘down & brown’ stirred cocktail, uses the malty and chocolate notes of Teeling’s Poitín as a base for an indulgent, masculine serve.

Ingredients
40ml Teeling’s Poitín
2.5ml Pedro Jiminez Sherry
15ml Cocchi Rosa Vermouth

Method
Fill a low ball glass with cubed ice, add the ingredients and stir slowly until combined. Garnish with an orange twist. In traditional Irish spirit, have a piece of Terry’s Choc Orange on the side.

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