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St Patricks Day Drinks

Looking for Some Cool St Patricks Day Drinks Recipes?

 

If you’re going to throw a St Patrick’s Day party this year, you’re going to need some St Patricks Day drinks for the occasion.
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What is St Patricks Day?  It’s an Irish cultural and religious holiday celebrated around the world each year on March 17.  St Patty’s Day celebrations commonly include parades, copious amounts of liquor and food as well as the wearing of shamrocks and other green attire.

Since St Patricks Day is an Irish holiday, the drinks you serve for your Paddy’s Day party must either be Irish or green.

 

Let’s start with what’s already from Ireland:

IRISH BEER

  • Guinness
  • Harp
  • Smithwicks

 

IRISH CIDER

  • Magners

 

IRISH WHISKEY

  • Bushmills
  • Jamesons
  • Tullamore Dew

 

IRISH LIQUEURS

  • Irish Cream
  • Irish Mist

 

Now we’ll move into the St Patricks Day drinks recipes – Irish bomb shot, specialty Irish coffee and a variety of Irish shooters…

 

St Patricks Day Specialty Coffee – Irish Coffeest patricks day drinks

  • ¾ oz Irish Cream
  • ¾ oz Irish Whiskey
  • packet of sugar (or tsp brown sugar)
  • whipped / heavy cream
  • coffee

Rim a specialty coffee glass with sugar and then add the Irish cream and whiskey to the glass with the rest of the packet of sugar.  Fill to about a finger length from the rim and top with whipped cream (in a circular, building motion if from a can). Garnish with a cherry.

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St Patricks Day Bomb Drink – Irish Car Bomb

  • ½ glass Guinness
  • ½ oz Irish cream
  • ½ oz Irish whiskey

Pour the Irish cream and whiskey into a shot glass.  Drop the shot glass into the (settled) glass of Guinness.  Chug.

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St Patricks Day Shooters

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  • ½ oz melon liqueur
  • ¼ oz Irish whiskey
  • ¼ oz Irish cream

Shake on ice and strain into shot glass.
Nutty Irishman

  • ½ oz Irish cream liqueur
  • ½ oz Frangelico

 

Irish Frogirish frog shooter

  • ½ oz melon liqueur
  • ½ oz Irish cream

Pour the melon liqueur into the shot glass and layer the Irish cream on top.
*This shooter tastes best if both the liqueurs are chilled

 

Irish Flag

  • ⅓ oz green Crème de Menthe
  • ⅓ oz Irish cream
  • ⅓ oz Grand Marnier

Pour the crème de menthe into a shot glass and then layer the Irish cream on top and then the Grand Marnier gets layered on top of the Irish cream (creating 3 separate layers representing the green, white and orange of the Irish flag).

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There you have it – all the St Patricks Day drinks you’ll need to make this year’s St Paddy’s Day party the best one ever!

 

Common specials to run on St Patty’s Day at your bar are discounted prices on all Irish products as well as adding some of the above shooters to the evening’s drink menu.  Other than that, go ahead and get creative.  If you own / run a martini or lounge bar, get out the melon liqueur and green creme de menthe and start creating some green martinis and cocktails.

 

VIDEO: St Patricks Day Jokes

If you’ve got an awesome St Patricks Day drink recipe that you’d like to share, please add it to the comments below.

The Michelada – a Great Superbowl Drink

No doubt you can find lots of Superbowl drink recipes around the Net.  But when we think of the perfect Superbowl drink recipe, we like to stick to the basics.  And since this special Sunday is sponsored and really all about beer and fatty, greasy fried foods, we picked a beertail – a cocktail made from beer.

 

Really, we’re talking about the relative minority of the Superbowl viewers who aren’t pounding back brews aren’t we?

Another reason you’ll want to keep things simple when it comes to choosing the right beverage for your guests is because whoever is hosting the Superbowl party this year has enough stuff to deal with let alone finding the ingredients to make crazy Superbowl cocktails.

As an example of what we’re referring to here, let’s take a look at one of the Superbowl drink recipes off Liquor.com’s site called the Garden Cooler.

 

GARDEN COOLER Superbowl Cocktail

INGREDIENTS:

  • Smoked salt
  • 2 oz Blanco tequila
  • 4 oz Garden Cooler Mix*
  • Glass: Rocks
  • Garnish: Cucumber slice

 

Looking at the ingredients above, we’re already annoyed that we need specialty salt.  Then we have to go see if we’ve got a cucumber someone in the fridge that hasn’t rotted out yet.  But wait, there’s an asterisk* beside Cooler Mix.  You mean we have to go and buy some Cooler Mix as well? No, wait we can make it.  Oh good.

 

Here are the Garden Cooler Mix ingredients:

*Garden Cooler Mix

INGREDIENTS:

  • 16 oz Pineapple juice
  • Half a pineapple, peeled
  • Half a yellow bell pepper
  • 6 sprigs Mint
  • 1 Cucumber, sliced
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 5 Whole black peppercorns

Holy Sh*tballs, now I need to find a pineapple, a bell pepper and some mint.  Wait, I think the games almost over!

 

So jokes aside, as we said, we like to keep it simple – and burly.

If you’re not into straight beer this Superbowl Sunday, then try this beertail, or beer-inspired cocktail instead – the Michelada.

We chose this drink as our choice for a good Superbowl drink because it contains beer and not too many other ingredients (important so that the consumer of this beverage doesn’t have to take too much of a ribbing from the rest of the beer-guzzling gang between plays).

There are many versions of the Michelada drink recipe so we’ll start with the original and then tell you some variations.

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Thought by some in Mexico to be a great cure for a hangover, the original Michelada is a Mexican drink made with beer, lime juice, sauces, salt and spices. Here’s just one of the many ways to make this drink.

Michelada Drink Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12oz. Beer
  • Tajin chili lime salt
  • 2 Limes
  • Maggi
  • Salsa Inglesa (Worcestershire sauce)
  • Valentina Hot Sauce

 

PREPARATION:

Rim a pint glass with the chili lime salt, then fill with ice.  Add a couple dashes of Maggi, Salsa Inglesa and the hot sauce and then squeeze in one and half limes (leaving a half to slice up for garnish).  Finish the beertail off by pouring in 12oz of your favourite light blonde lager.  Garnish with a lime wheel.

 

 

Above is pretty much the original Michelada.  Now here’s what you can add as variations:

  • use regular or celery salt to rim.
  • use lemons instead of limes
  • use soy sauce instead ofJugo Maggi,
  • Tabasco instead of Valentina Hot Sauce
  • add 4-6oz of tomato juice or Clamato juice.

 

Up here in Canada, we like to add Clamato juice to our Micheladas as a variation of our Bloody Caesar.

 

Enjoy the Game,

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

7 Bar Game Ideas for your Bar Event

7 Bar Games to Bring Some Life to Your Bar Party

Bar games – because it’s not just about getting people through your doors; it’s also about entertaining them while they’re there.  You wouldn’t want to bore your guests after you worked so hard to get them through the door would you?   Bar games are a great way to keep guests entertained while they’re attending an event at your bar.  The important part about choosing which bar game to incorporate into your event is how the game fits with the theme of the event you’re running as well as with the attending audience.  Ok, here we go, 7 bar games you can play at your bar, pub or club that are guaranteed to bring some laughs and entertainment to the night.

 

Bar Game #1 – The Dating Game

It doesn’t matter if the “couples” are total strangers, friends or long-term lovers.  Split players off into couples and have one person from each couple leave the area / room.  The players who remain are asked some pre-planned questions about their new partner / spouse.  The object is for them to answer in the same way they think their partner would answer.  Matching answers are given a point and the next time the roles are reversed. Bar Games: The Dating Game

Bar Game #2 – Kangaroo

Just another of the hundreds of bar games you can play with a balloon.  Have players line up at the staring line with a balloon securely pressed between their knees.  At the yell of Go!, hop down the course towards the finish line making sure not to lose the balloon.  If you do, go back and fetch it and then start back where you dropped it.  Burst your balloon and you’re out.  I’m sure you can figure out who the winner is.

Bar Game #3 – Penny Drop

This one is easy to set up and is always a good way to get a couple hundred extra dollars and some more fun out of the night.  There are two ways to do this.  The first is to grab a big glass jar – like the ones that olives come in; fill it up with cold water, put a 2oz shot glass in the bottom of the jar of water and cut a coin-sized slit in the top before screwing it back in place.  Players have to drop a coin through the top slot and try to get it to land in the shot glass.

 

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The other way is to put water in a bucket of some type, place a bigger coin at the bottom of the bucket and try to land a smaller coin on top of the bigger coin.  You choose what the winners win – but make sure it’s legal in your area.

Bar Game #4 – The Pea Suck

Set out three small plates for each team of two – one at either end and one in the middle.  The plate at one end is full of peas and the object is to transfer as many peas from one plate to the middle one and then onto the end plate.  However, you need to transfer them by sucking the pea up to the end of the straw and holding it there while you run over to the next plate, drop it there and have your partner carry on to the end plate.  The team with the most peas transferred wins.

Bar Game #5 – Who’s Line?

Gather a bunch of famous quotes and sayings from over the years – some can be current and others can be famous quotes from over the ages.  The game is to say only a certain portion of the quote / saying and give points to the teams who can come up with the answers.  Give points for getting the missing part of the quote as well as for who said it.  You can even give bonus points if some smarty pants knows the story behind a certain quote.

Bar Game #6 – Mouth to Mouth Obstacle Course

Teams compete against each other to finish a fairly simple obstacle course consisting of some well-placed tables and chairs.  The caveat is that each competitor will be holding a spoon in their mouths upon which will be an egg.  The players have to pass off the eggs to their partners at strategic points throughout the course.  You can, if you’re boring, use a ping pong ball instead.

Bar Game #7 – My Buddy Went Up to the Bar and Ordered

This is a game where everyone is sitting around a table and it’s each player for him/herself.  The first player starts by choosing a letter and the next player begins the round by choosing something that your buddy is able to go up to the bar and order that starts with the letter that the previous player chose.  For example, the first player chooses “M” and the next player in line says “My buddy went up to the bar and ordered a margarita”.  The next person in line repeats that and adds their own: “My buddy went up to the bar and ordered a margarita and a mai-tai”  This continues until someone gets knocked out for making a mistake or not being able to come up with something that makes sense.

 

We hope you enjoyed these 7 bar games.  If you haven’t already checked out our other bar promotions and bar events pages, makes sure you do as we’ve listed off tons of other bar promos you can put on.

 

 

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Bar Promotion Ideas That Work

Bar Promotion Ideas That Work

Looking for bar promotion ideas that work?  As opposed to the ones that don’t work that everyone’s always searching for?  Just kidding.

Seriously, we have a lot of pages on this site dedicated to bar promotions and bar events.  This specific post has more to do with providing you a way to find lots of bar promotion ideas that work rather than listing off a bunch.

1.  We don’t need to tell you, Facebook is just massive.  Something you’ve likely overlooked about Facebook however, is the fact that you probably get invited to a slew of different events.  And what you might not be aware of is that you can browse through past events you’ve been invited to for ideas on what you can do for future events.

To do this, click on Events and at the top where you see the previous month, click on that to go back as many months as you want.

What you’re doing is scrolling through to see any bar promotion ideas that you can borrow and better.  Careful not to copy something from within your area however.  You want to do something different and better than anyone else is doing.  Make every event memorable and you’ll keep people talking about it and coming back week after week.

2.  Another way to get bar promotion ideas that work is to use the big G.  Take theme parties or holidays for example.  Simply Google the name of the party (i.e. Toga party, st. Patricks day party etc), click on Images and search through the images to find other bars’ posters and flyers and see what they’ve got going on.

Lets say for example, you’re wondering what kind of specials to run on New Year’s Eve.   Type “new years eve party” into Google and then click “images” and scroll through other bars’ flyers and posters to get ideas for your own bar promotion ideas that work.

We hope we’ve opened your eyes to the wealth of bar promotions that are out there as well as how to find them.

Remember, bar promotion ideas that work are the ones that are planned properly, involve all the staff, are advertised well and are executed without any major problems.

 

 

Hosting a Scotch Tasting Party

Hosting a Scotch Tasting Party

Hosting a scotch tasting party at home and learning how to taste scotch is a unique and enjoyable way to get great friends together.   A scotch tasting party is a great party to throw in the winter months – getting friends out of their homes and warmed up together with a selection of great-tasting scotches.

Some things to consider when preparing your home for this party is the temperature and aromas in the room. Scotch should be served at room temperature and any lingering aromas in the house or room will affect the tasting. Turn off air fresheners for the day and don’t use heavily scented cleaning product prior to having people over.

Another item to consider are glasses. Serving scotch in rocks glasses is just fine. Although the appropriate style of glass used for tasting scotch are similar to snifters. By using a glass with this shape, it allows the scotch to be swirled and for aromas to gather inside the bowl and it’s perfect for aerating and nosing.

Aerating is simply when you swirl the scotch in your glass to allow oxygen into the spirit. This helps release the aromas. Nosing is when tasters stick their nostrils in their glass to try to identify the contents.

 

Note: Whisky is one of those words that has different spellings depending on where in the world you are. It’s spelled whisky in Scotland and whiskey – with an ‘e’ in America and Ireland

 

Choosing the right variety of Scotches to taste:

We suggest selecting five single malts from five different whisky producing regions of Scotland.

 

Scotch Regions: 
Speyside, Gleniddich, Ardmore and Knockando, Highlands, Lowlands, The Isle of Islay, Cambellton. Each of these renowned regions produce Scotches of different personalities.

 

Suggestion: To get your guest excited for the tasting party and to also make the party more affordable, have your guest each bring a bottle of their choice. This will not only ensure a nice variety, it will also give your guest the opportunity to get involved.

For part 2 of Hosting a Scotch Tasting Party, be sure to read How to Taste Scotch and download our Scotch Tasting Sheet.

 

 

 

How to Taste Scotch

How to Taste Scotch

This ‘How to Taste Scotch’ page is a continuation from our Hosting a Scotch Tasting Party article.  Once you have everything set up for your scotch tasting event and you have all your supplies and you’ve downloaded and printed copies our our scotch tasting sheet, you’re ready to learn all about how to taste scotch.
As we go through learning how to taste scotch, there will be 2 stages of tasting with 5 levels to complete. The first level will be to explore the scotch neat – meaning no water added and at room temperature. The second level is to explore the scotch diluted – with a little water added (approximately 1-1½ ounces of water).

The water used for diluting the scotch should be free of heavy minerals. Bottled spring water is the best option.

 

The 5 degrees of scotch tasting is the same for both stages.

Step 1:  Once each guest has been poured a “dram” of scotch (approxiamately 1½ ounces), instruct guests to hold their scotch glasses by the stem. Have everyone hold their glasses up to the light to observe its color. The color of the scotch will reveal what kind of cask it matured in and how long it matured for. They may refer to their scotch tasting sheet to identify the cask.

Step 2:  Have your guests tilt and rotate their glasses to coat the sides of the glass with the scotch and look at the legs. The legs are what we refer to as the liquid that runs back down the side of the glass. How the legs move and the speed at which they run indicates the maturity of the whisky. Slower legs equates to older scotch.

Step 3:  Before tasting the whisky, have your guests nose their scotch to detect the complexities and aromas. During each of these steps, your guests should consult their scotch tasting sheet and write down what they observe.

Step 4:  Now comes the actual tasting. Guests should only take into their mouth enough scotch to coat their tongue. They should then let the scotch sit on their tongue for a minute so they can scrutinize its flavours and texture.  Now instruct your guests to swallow the Scotch and observe and assess its finish. Get your guests to make note of the flavors that linger on their tongue.

Holding the glass by the bowl will warm the scotch up and change the taste and aromas. Tasters may want to try an extra tasting using this method and compare their observations between the two.

Step 5:  Lastly, add a little water to enhance the characteristics of the scotch. Now repeat the steps of observing, smelling, feeling, tasting and assessing the finish.

 

Now everyone can compare notes from the first neat (no water, no ice) tasting and their second tasting where water was added.

 

Once each selected scotch has been sampled, serve some desserts and have your guests mingle and share their findings with each other, discussing what they liked best.

Ideas for scotch and food pairing:

Cheeses (soft brie and/or a hard, sharp cheddar)

Flavored Chocolates (cayenne flavored, orange chocolate and/or sea salt chocolate)

Citrus Fruits (oranges and grapefruit) and Orchard Fruits (apples and pears)

Unique flavoured Potato Chips or Pretzels (honey-roasted, worcestershire, mustard)

Appetizer Meats (bacon wrapped chicken, meatballs, ribs or rare-beef on crackers)

 

We hope you enjoyed How to Taste Scotch and you’re brimming with ideas on hosting a Scotch Tasting Party of your own.  Don’t forget to download and print out enough copies of our Scotch Tasting Sheet for your party.

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