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3 St Patrick’s Day cocktails to get you in the spirit(s)… plus a brand new whiskey named after an Irish pirate queen

Written by High Life North
Published 17.03.2021


 What you’ll need:

– 50ml Irish Whiskey

– 20ml Guinness and Banana reduction*

– Top with Coconut Cream

– Garnish with grated Nutmeg


To make the reduction:

Add 660ml of Guinness to a saucepan and simmer on a medium heat, taking care that the liquid doesn’t boil over. Reduce it to 1/3 or its original volume.

Turn off the heat and add two chopped bananas to your reduction. Cover and leave to infuse and cool for a least one hour.

Once infused, strain your reduction and discard banana pieces so you’re left with just the liquid once again.

Weigh your liquid and add half the equivalent weight in sugar. Return to the stove and gently heat until sugar has dissolved.

Store refrigerated or mix in a bottle with the whiskey to extend the shelf life.


For the cocktail:

Pour the whiskey and Guinness reduction into a glass with ice and mix well. Add the cream as a float on top and garnish with the grated nutmeg.

Special thanks to Funkidory


What you’ll need:

  • 50ml coffee liqueur (we’d recommend Mr Black’s every time)
  • 25ml Irish Whisky
  • Dash of cream


What you do:

Build the ingredients in a rocks glass over ice. Start with the whiskey, then the coffee liqueur, and top up with a dash of cream.

Watch how to make this here in under 90 seconds.


Brewed cold, to be enjoyed cold.

Special thanks to Mr Black


What you’ll need:

45ml vodka (we’d recommend Crystal Head Vodka Original)

15ml Green Chartreuse

30ml fresh lemon juice, 

1 level teaspoon of caster sugar (optional),

Pinch of salt,

Lemon zest.

What you do:

Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker and dry shake. Add in ice, and shake again. Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a mint crown.

Special thanks to Crystal Head Vodka


Ireland’s award-winning premium whiskey and spirits brand, Grace O’Malley, have just launched their flagship whiskey into the UK market – right in time for St Patrick’s Day.

Dedicated to the legendary, 16th-century pirate queen, Grace O’Malley was a fearless seafarer who broke with the conventions of her time. #boss

And her namesake Irish whiskey – boasting one of the highest malt contents in the blended whiskey category at 46% – is sure to follow in her trailblazing footsteps, giving us a smooth complexity we’ve certainly never tasted before.

So if cocktails aren’t really your thing, but you’re still after something a little special this St Patrick’s Day, why not give Grace a whirl? Tasting notes include caramel, bourbon vanilla, dry almond, orange peel and honey – anything but ordinary.

How to drink it:

Grace O’Malley Blended Irish Whiskey is incredible served neat or on the rocks.

Equally, it makes for a perfect base for a classic Old Fashioned, a Whiskey Sour and a Whiskey Highball. 

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