Liquid Luck: Beers, Whiskeys, and 7 Recipes to Toast St. Patrick

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Oscar Wilde once quipped that ”work is the curse of the drinking classes.” With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a workday this year, some may find that Wilde’s words ring a little too true. But not all St. Patrick’s Day drinks have to be alcoholic. Ranging from recipes for smoothies to cocktails, we’ve rounded up nine ways to toast Irish heritage. Keep reading to find out how you can say sláinte this St. Patrick’s Day.

Beers and whiskeys

Fancy cocktails are not required drinking for St. Patrick’s Day. You could instead celebrate with Irish beers or whiskeys. On the beer side, Guinness is often the first brew that comes to mind, but by no means is it your only choice. Harp, O’Hara’s, Murphy’s Irish Stout, Smithwick’s, and Kilkenny are other imbibing options for a St. Patrick’s Day that stays true to the holiday’s heritage. A number of cocktails are also made with beer, like the black velvet, which mixes equal parts Champagne and Guinness.

Whiskey has just as much depth. A few Irish whiskeys include Bushmills, Jameson, Redbreast, Tullamore Dew, and  Connemara. You can make a simple cocktail like a classic old fashioned with an Irish whiskey. Alternatively, you can make a very simple cocktail mixing whiskey with ginger ale or soda. Click through for seven more drink suggestions.

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