Ah, St. Patrick's Day. The national holiday for corned beef & cabbage, Guinness, Irish pubs and drunk college students everywhere. It's definitely not the first holiday you think about when it comes to creating a craft cocktail for, especially since the main prerequisite is it being green, has Bailey's (no offense Bailey's) or usually has to include the word "bomb" in it. While it is a day for grandiose imbibing, it originally was meant as a form of celebration for Ireland's most famous patron saint, the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and of Irish culture. The drinking aspect most likely stemmed from the practice of lifting the heavy restrictions of eating and drinking associated with Lenten for this one day.

Now, I'm not usually a fan of making holiday style cocktails, but I do dab in them a bit from time to time. First, and foremost, this will NOT be a green cocktail. But, in the good fun of adhering to the tradition of green, I will use a green ingredient. That and I don't want anyone pinching me until I'm black and blue... As for the cocktail, I really wanted to focus on a flavor profile that would help introduce someone into a more serious whiskey style cocktail, that is smooth andapproachable,but still use complex and flavorful ingredients. A good place to start is using a soft Irish whiskey, some sugar and lemon, a classic combination. Add a little green, courtesy of Green Chartreuse, and a dash of tart, mineral bitters like Peychaud's will help meld the herbaceous Chartreuse with the oak, spice and vanilla notes in the whiskey. There. I've done it. An "Irish" drink that any craft bar would serve and it's not green, and no energy drinks or Guinness to be found. Cheers!

My Fair Gael
2 oz Irish Whiskey

1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse

1/4 oz Green Chartreuse

1 tsp Simple Syrup

1/2oz Fresh Lemon Juice

2 dashes of Peychaud's Bitters

Shake with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy.

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Color: Redish, orange hue with a hint of yellow

Flavor: Smooth whiskey notes, mineral, herb, anise, medium sweetness, balanced lemon

Texture: Smooth and light