Gathering a group of friends for 'off' holidays seems to be my and Greg's new tradition: President's Day, Oktoberfest, and now St. Patrick's Day. There is something inherently festive about these parties (not that St. Patrick's Day needs any help in the festive department). With a built in theme of all that is green and Irish, there is nothing to fret over with a St. Patrick's Day party. After all, is there really any reason to mess around with as good of a thing as corned beef and cabbage? Throw in some potatoes and spring carrots and call it a day. And while serving Guinness is a perfectly suitable beverage for such an affair, Greg upped the anti by creating a signature drink: "The Leprechaun." He showed off his drawing skills with a visual aid for guests to follow his recipe and make their own drinks (no one should have to play bartender at their own party). The result was a tasty concoction of Jameson, shamrocks (for real!), cucumber and lime, topped off with a splash Harp. And after years of experimenting with St. Paddy's Day desserts (e.g. Lucky Charms treats, chocolate stout cake, Guinness ice cream & beer floats), I've landed upon a new tradition: little pots of gold in the form of butterscotch pots de creme (topped with whipped cream and edible gold, of course). Hope everyone recovered well from the Irish antics: Slainte!!
irish whiskey, shamrocks, cucumber, lime, harp
Guinness, Harp & Jameson
sour cream & onion chips
green crudités: snap peas, cucumbers, green peppers, asparagus, green beans, cornichons & olives
tarragon dip & english pea pesto dip
irish cheddar, green apples & crackers
corned beef & cabbage with parsley mustard sauce & horseradish creme
buttermilk smashed fingerling potatoes with melted spring onions
roast baby carrots with thyme
irish soda bread with irish butter
pots of gold aka butterscotch pots de creme
You can have me over for just the cocktail and that soda bread any night of the week. How did we leave without any!
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