St. Patrick’s Day can be an all-day celebration if you want! I have tips to take your St. Patty’s Day from brunch to lunch and into dinner. Start off your morning with a traditional Irish coffee or one of my coffee cocktail variations and Irish brunch, then move into your day with an Irish lunch and finish the day with Irish beer cocktails and Irish stew. Of course this day can’t be complete without Irish-inspired green and gold table décor!
Start your day and brunch with a little bit of caffeine and one of the following Irish coffee cocktails with Baileys. Click on the links below for recipes.
Complete your brunch with Green Eggs and Ham – an egg cooked in a sliced green bell pepper, topped with green hollandaise sauce and green pepper Tabasco sauce and served with ham. Click here for the recipe.
Then, transition into lunch with Bangers and Mash. Also known as sausages and mashed potatoes, this dish is a popular British tradition in which the term “bangers” came about during World War II when sausages made in water would explode in high heat. Click here for the recipe.
Before dinner drinks, dinner drinks, or after dinner drinks can include beer cocktails using Guinness and Harp! Click on the links below for recipes.
To accompany your beer cocktails, you can make an Irish stew. In order to make sure not stewing in the kitchen for too long, you can make it with the ease of canned foods! This way you can enjoy the company of your friends and family on St. Patrick’s Day and still make a great meal. Click here for the recipe.
If you want to take it to another level, you can make the Irish stew and turn it into an Irish Pot Pie with this recipe. Click here for the recipe.
For a variation on what is thought to be a traditional pie, you can make a Shepherd’s Pie! Click here for the recipe, which includes mashed potatoes instead of a pie crust.
In order to come full circle with all of the Irish drinks and food, your table must have a little bit of Irish in it as well! Kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland is thought to bring the gift of gab. Click here to download my Blarney Stone Placemats with some of my favorite Irish sayings (like the one above) to give your guests something to talk about.
Use a green tablecloth and gold napkins to add to the theme! To give your guests something green to wear, make wearable napkin rings out of green ribbon and fun pinnable buttons with Irish sayings!
St. Patrick’s Day, the “Day of the Festival of Patrick,” falls on March 17 of each year. This day is a cultural and religious holiday named after St. Patrick, one of the most well-known patron saints of Ireland. For Christians, St. Patrick’s Day is the celebration and commemoration of Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, where the Lenten traditions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted. However, this day is celebrated more secularly as a day of Irish culture. Common traditions on this day include wearing green (don’t forget!), shamrocks, drinking green beer, and attending parades and festivals.
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve created all kinds of cocktails to satisfy your taste buds whether you like beer, coffee, champagne or spirits! Click on the links below for recipes of each cocktail!
Green and Gold Cocktails
Serve in a martini glass
- 1 ½ oz Smirnoff vodka
- ¾ oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
- ¼ oz crème de cacao
- 1 oz cold Nespresso espresso
- Pour the vodka, Kahlua, crème de cacao, and espresso into a cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake well
- Strain into a chilled wine glass
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St Patrick’s Day is on a Saturday this year and what better way to start off your celebration than with an Irish Coffee and Beer Brunch. I will show you some clever coffee cocktails, traditional Irish foods with a fun twist, delectable Dublin desserts and of course Irish beer cocktails!
All these great tips will be on The Better Show on Thursday, March 15th, 2012. Check your local listings for stations and show times!
Start your St Patrick’s Day off with these clever coffee cocktails, featuring Irish coffee and the four varieties of Baileys Irish Cream!
Feel the luck of the Irish as you wash down your brunch with these fun beer cocktails!
Irish Eyes won’t be the only eyes smiling when you serve these traditional Irish foods with a twist!
Make sure you finish off your meal with one of the delectable Dublin desserts.
- 1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream with a hint of Crème Caramel
- 1 oz iced coffee
- 1 cup chopped ice
- 1 tablespoon espresso
- 2 scoops coffee ice cream
- caramel sauce
- whipped cream
1. Add Bailey’s, iced coffee and coffee ice cream to a blender
2. Blend on high with chip and ice until smooth
4. Pour into a glass
3. Top with espresso, whipped cream, and a caramel drizzle
- 1 oz Bailey’s with a hint of Mint
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz espresso
- chocolate mint stick
- mint sprig (optional)
1. Pour Bailey’s with a hint of Mint, vodka, ice and espresso into a shaker and shake until very frothy
2. Strain into a martini glass, making sure that the foam is on top to make it look like a cappuccino
3. Add chocolate mint stick and mint sprig as a garnish (optional)
Baileys Velvet Mocha
- 2 oz Bailey’s with a hint of coffee
- 4 oz hot chocolate
- Fresh whipped cream
- 3 coffee beans
1. Pour hot chocolate and Bailey’s into a coffee mug
2. Top with a dollop of whipped cream
3. Garnish with coffee beans
Traditional Irish Coffee
1.Pour Bailey’s, Bushmills and coffee into a mug
2.Top with a dollop of whipped cream and green sprinkles (optional)
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Grandma practices potions, spells, and hexes, but her craft has become a bit rusty with age. While not quite sure who’s mother she really is, the Addams Family treats her like one of their own.
Witch’s Brew (warm)
For spiced tea (serves 6):
4 cups Water
4 Whole Cloves
2 Cinnamon sticks
2 Whole All Spice
8 Juniper Berries
Pinch of ground Nutmeg
4 Lipton’s Tea bags
1 oz Pierre Ferrand Cognac (per serving)
Splash of Orange Juice
Coffee Beans (aka Beetle Beans)
To make the tea: In a saucepan, bring water, cloves, cinnamon sticks, all spice, juniper and nutmeg to a boil. Using a sieve, strain the boiling water into a glass pitcher and add four tea bags to the mixture.
To make the cocktail: Add 1 oz. brandy or cognac and 4 oz of tea to the snifter and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and 3 coffee beans (aka beetle beans). Serve hot.
** To make non-alcoholic, omit brandy.
Frightening candy fingers on pretzel sticks
Wilton Candy Melts – Available in numerous colors and flavors
Melt chocolate in the microwave using the instructions on the packaging. Using the Wilton Candy Molds, fill each mold with a pretzel rod and the chocolate colors of your choice; refrigerate to harden. When hardened, slightly twist the tray to remove the Witch fingers.
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- 1 shot of espresso
- 1 oz. Ketel One Orange vodka
- 1 orange peel
- Put the espresso, vodka, and ice into a shaker.
- Strain the mixture into a martini glass.
- Garnish the glass with an orange peel.