Is anyone else so stoked that it’s March? It’s that first little hint of spring -ok, so in San Diego we have two seasons, but I’m not complaining- and I love all of the things there are to look forward to. I also love love love St. Patrick’s Day.
I have fond memories of St. Patrick’s Day from when I was younger. I would dance in the parade with my friends (aka get to miss school), and we’d spend the afternoon at the festival afterwards, listening to live music, watching the dancers, and eating all of the delicious food. My fave? Soda bread. THE BEST. Also, I found an awesome gluten-free one last year, so I’m hoping I can find it again. Soda bread toasted with butter just makes me so happy.
I’m always excited to try out new foods (ok, and warm boozy beverages), and I didn’t have my first real Irish coffee until last year at the Stitch Fix event. Is it even really Irish? I’m not sure, but after a couple of these, it doesn’t matter where it originated. You just feel warm, and caffinated and happy inside haha.
(with Julie and Nicole! I’m ready for a tan again haha.)
Here’s my take on Irish coffee. Was it as good as the one at the Buena Vista in SF? No. But it will do until I make it back. ?
Key: (I got this from the website) pour hot water into the glass to preheat it. It just takes a sec, and is totally worth it. From here, I added 6 oz of strong hot coffee, and stirred in 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. (They usually use cocktail sugar cubes, but I adore maple syrup in coffee. It blends nicely and adds warmth and sweetness without being too sugary sweet.)
I also used this Irish whiskey that I picked up for the Pilot at Vom Fass:
Next, I added coconut milk whipped cream,
(side of kitchen lurker)
Coziness in a cup.
Some more recipes to make for St. Patrick’s Day:
The best St. Patrick’s Day cocktail. Just do it!
Bailey’s truffles. Yasssss.
Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting
Oh, and just in case you’re not only eating dessert with cocktails and choose to have real food: ?
Corned beef and cabbage (my mom always makes chicken for me instead of the corned beef, and she grills the cabbage. It’s GLORIOUS)
Any fun St. Patrick’s Day traditions? What’s something you’re looking forward to this month? Any local signature cocktails you love? When we’re in Tucson, I always appreciate the spicy margaritas and sangria.