Irish Mist: Green beer it is not

Looking for a festive (and decidedly NOT green) drink this St. Patrick’s Day? Keep things legit with this history-rich, not-for-light-weights spirited beverage.

Irish Mist, Irish whiskey laced with heather and clover honeys, herbs and aromatic spirits, has roots in one of fiction’s most popular plot lines… it was created when a stranger came to town.

In the 1940s, a man named Desmond Williams showed up in Tullamore, Ireland with a tattered manuscript detailing the lost recipe for heather wine, the libation of Irish lords, whores, chieftains, and scoundrels for over a thousand years before the recipe disappeared in 1691. Tullamore Distillery snapped up the recipe for this liquid bildungsroman and began bottling Irish Mist shortly thereafter.

Irish Mist liqueur is a little sweet, a little smoky and very, very heady. My first introduction to the spirit was mixed with Coca-Cola and a squeeze of lime and you can try it this way too, if you like. But I haven’t drunk this liquid panty remover with anything except more whiskey or ice since George Michael was straight and I was underage.

Ditto that for green beer and Irish Car Bombs, icky drinks to raise to St. Pat, but popular with the fake id crowd. We’re adults now, readying for the second most popular plot-line in fiction: someone dies.

Let’s drink to fiction, plot lines, St. Patty’s Day and a stranger coming to town this year and say no to green beer.

Black Nail

Derivative of the classic Rusty Nail (Scotch and Drambuie) but with a bite of coal- smoking honey, this drink hates green food coloring.

To make:

Pour equal parts Irish Mist liqueur and Jameson’s Irish whiskey over ice. Serve on the rocks and garnish with a lemon twist.

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Genevelyn Steele

Genevelyn Steele mixed her first drink, a “Pink Squirrel”, at age six. Dubbed a natural, she was quickly enlisted to bartend at her parents’ soirees.

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