Tonight’s Closing Cocktail- The Irish Whiskey Smash

whiskey smash

Ingredients: 4-8 mint leaves

2 lemon wedges

Irish whiskey- I used Tullamore Dew

.5 oz simple syrup

sparkling water


muddle mint leaves, lemon wedges, and simple syrup

add ice and 1.5 oz of Irish Whiskey

shake and pour into glass

top with sparkling water

garnish with a pretty little mint sprig

My bar runs a special on Thursdays on Jameson Irish whiskey so I try to mix it up a little. The citrus and the mint compliment the spice of the irish whiskey, while the simple syrup keeps it from being too tart. The sparkling water is optional, or it could be substituted for regular water. It really up to personal preference but when I’m making it for myself, I add sparkling water. I also prefer it with Tullamore Dew as it is smoother and citrusy and less spicy.


Todays Closing Cocktail: The Irish Wristwatch

Danielle, the lady I made this cocktail for. I told her I was going to take a picture of it and she insisted on being in it. It was more green than the picture let on. I'll remake this at some point and post a picture
Danielle, the lady I made this cocktail for. I told her I was going to take a picture of it and she insisted on being in it. It was more green than the picture let on. I’ll remake this at some point and post a picture

1 oz Jameson

.75 oz Bacardi

.75 oz Gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)

.5 oz Triple Sec

.5 oz Peach Schnapps

.5 oz Blue Curacao

Splash of fresh lemon juice

Redbull to the top

This drink was originally supposed to be an Irish Trash Can, but with as many modifications as I did it ended up being almost nothing like the trash can. This drink was delicious.The Jameson, Bacardi, and Gin was complimented well with the lemon juice, which I think helped neutralize the alcohol taste. The peach schnapps, triple sec, and blue curacao really made it a summer cocktail. I could see drinking this out of a fish bowl beside a pool on a summer day. The Redbull made it turn green, and made the whole drink taste like a soda. I named it the Irish Wristwatch because if you can’t say the name, you probably shouldn’t have another one.


Tonight’s Closing Cocktail, the Irish Shillelagh


1.5 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey

.5 oz Sloe Gin

.5 oz Bacardi

.5 oz Peach Schnapps

.5 oz Simple syrup

.75 oz Fresh lemon juice

stir and garnish with a lemon

wpid-20150501_231509.jpg Here is a picture with flash so you can see the color. Its a dark pink which is unusual for the Irish drinks I have been serving. It had a much sweeter and lighter taste than I was expecting. I thought that it would taste more like whiskey. It is definitely a summer cocktail. It is quite strong so I would suggest drinking it it moderation. If I was going to add anything to it, I would probably add some carbonated water or Sprite just to give it some fizz. This is actually the first time I have used Sloe Gin in something that I have drank myself, which is kind of exciting.

Usually on Friday or Saturday night when I close the bar, I try to make myself something unique to try so I can better understand how the different flavors pair together. I suppose now that I’m doing this blog I’m going to make it a point to take each of their pictures and post the recipes.


Katy’s Irish Coffee


Katy’s Irish Coffee

1.5 oz either Jameson or Baileys (honestly anything you want. I like it with Tullamore Dew)

whipped cream

green creme d’menthe drizzled on top

sprinkle of nutmeg

This is the standard Irish Coffee at the place I work. It is pretty delicious. The only thing I would really change is to get some really good coffee. I’m not actually the biggest fan of most coffees but I can appreciate a good one. I really prefer hot teas, and I can make a good hot toddy. I might be mildly addicted to Tension Tamer tea.

It was one of Johns friends birthday parties and we actually went out together for once. John spends most of his time playing Counter Strike or whatever when he isn’t at work. He is also pretty anti social. He really only hangs out with me and our roommate Phil. I usually have a friend or two over  at least once a week, plus I have a pretty social job so I make a lot of friends. John and I are just different kinds of people. It works out well though, we compliment each other. We went to a local place called Biergarten. It was my first time there, they have a bunch of different beers and pretty good food but they are super bright and loud. I wish that it had a different feel to it. Then it would be great. Such as if they had dark wood instead of the light lacquered wood. They also have uncomfortable benches, and too many TV’s. The service was excellent, however, and if a place has great service I can forgive almost anything else. I apologize, I can be kind of a restaurant critic. That is probably because I have spent my entire working career in the restaurant industry. It has definitely become a part of me. I don’t want to be the old woman server that every restaurant seems to have. The industry is too fickle for that. I want to own the restaurant. I need to find someone who would want to help motivate me to get my act in gear. I need someone who is my good friend who is more organized than myself to help bounce ideas off of. I am a very hard worker but sometimes I have a hard time looking at the immediate future, and I tend to see the bigger picture.

I am currently watching Hot Fuzz. I should probably be studying, or doing my laundry or the dishes. John stayed out with his friends. I texted him about 2 hours ago and he was at a trashy dance club for some reason. I shouldn’t be so judgemental of this place, but they still allow smoking and there is hardly any seating so you have to awkwardly stand around if you don’t want to dance (or if you’re like myself and are physically incapable of dancing.) The music is crazy loud. Anyway, bars closed almost an hour ago and john still isn’t home. Kind of worried but I’m sure he’s ok.

The only alcohol in my house right now is a box of wine. I don’t work until 6 tomorrow, and I’m definitely not tired so I’ll probably sleep in pretty late tomorrow.