March! A month of daffodils, St. Patrick’s Day parades, Spring… It’s probably the most unpredictable weather month we have – will it snow, will it rain, will it blow your house away? Every now and again we get a beautiful day and the hint of what is to come wakes us up from our winter blahs.
I am fairly Irish. Fair. Irish. And not 100%. But I was raised by parents whose parents parents parents came across the sea when potatoes didn’t work in their favor, and who kept certain traditions alive in us. I sometimes hear that St. Patrick’s Day is somehow a mockery, a made up holiday for college kids to get drunk. I would argue that every holiday is a day for college kids to get drunk, but St. Patrick’s Day, when you are raised with Irish roots, is a day when you remember why the Irish people fared well through history’s beat downs. Humor. Magic. Luck. Wit. Boiled corned meat. And yes…a good pint and a shot of whiskey.
There are plenty of green drinks to be had, Guinness to be drank, and Jameson or Bushmills depending on your ilk (Jameson is a Catholic whiskey, by family, and Bushmills is a Protestant whiskey. As such, both are divine.) If you grew up Irish, or if you have ever known an Irish rooted person in your life, you’ve probably had a hot toddy pushed on you when you felt a cold coming on. I used to make them for patrons at my bar when they had a sniffle, and I knew I was doing what my great great grandmother Jane O’Malley herself would be proud of. A hot toddy is a tea of honey, lemon, whiskey, and boiling water. In looking around for a good drink to make for St. Patrick’s Day festivities, and the impending Spring, I decided that a twist on the hot toddy – a COLD toddy, was in order. In researching I spent some time nosed into The Dead Rabbit’s cocktail book (HIGHLY recommend for fun and beautiful photos) and noticed their use of lemon sorbet. I decided this would make the perfect base for a nice cold toddy for spring! So let’s get to it shall we:
- Jameson or Bushmills Irish Whiskey
- Lemon Sorbet (to taste, you can choose tart or creamy – the Haagen Daas was fairly tart)
- Evan Williams Honey Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
- Club Soda
In a blender, add three scoops of sorbet, three shots of honey whiskey, three shots of Irish whiskey and fill to the halfway mark with club soda. Pulse and blend the ingredients.
Rim your glass with sugar. (any glass will do – I chose a little Irish coffee mug for the spirit of the toddy)
I found some little clover rings for Paddy parties and noticed they would garnish a glass nicely. If you REALLY need green for this, you can also drop ONE drop of green food coloring into the blender to be festive.
The Cold Toddy! Easy as a Spring day! Cures thirst, a sniffle, and the winter blues. 😉