Chicago loves St Patty's and Jameson Irish Whiskey

It's that time of year again when Chicago dyes the river green and we all become Irish or Chi-rish...well a lot of us dress in green, drink nasty green beer and do shots of Jameson.  As you may know by now, I am mostly a bourbon babe, but honestly I have a curiosity about all things whiskey.

I have had a few self led Irish whiskey tastings as there is more than Jameson out there.  Among the few Irish whiskies I have tasted, Red Breast 12 made an impression on me. I found it a little fruitier, sweet and more citrusy than Jameson but still mellow and smooth, nice to drink neat.  If your looking for something other than Jameson and green beer this upcoming weekend  treat yourself to a flight of Irish whiskies.  You can discover new tastes and flavors by picking an older aged spirit or a blend verses single malt.   Try the Red Breast 12 and you can look for Bushmills, Tyrconnell, Tullamore Dew, or Michael Collins.  If you would like to mix up your shots try Powers.  If you are partial to Jameson, you can try Jameson Black, if your typically a bourbon babe you might enjoy this one, or try an older Jameson 18, 21 or Vintage Reserve.

I am planning on going with tradition this year.   I will be drinking green beer, watching the Chicago river get dyed green, pub crawl back to the neighborhood with good friends and catch a parade.  I will also take part in my family tradition of drinking an Irish car bomb or 2.  I will never forget how scared I was the first time my brother gave me a car bomb. He said, " it tastes like a chocolate milkshake." So I asked for a straw. MISTAKE!  Over the years, I have learned how to properly drink an Irish car bomb.  So, my toast to you kind reader and to all the Chi-rish! Happy St. Patrick's day!

Irish Car Bomb Recipe

3/4 pint Guiness stout
1/2 shot Bailey's Irish cream
1/2 shot Jameson Irish whiskey

Add the Bailey's and Jameson to a shot glass, layering the Bailey's on the bottom. Pour the Guinness into a pint glass 3/4 of the way full and let settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug.

P.S. DRINK IT FAST!! (otherwise it curdles, don't use a straw.)
P.S.S. For more beer and whiskey fun join Chicago's Barley's Angels and Whiskey Sister for a ladies only tasting of local craft beer featuring Spiteful Brewing and locally distilled spirits at Jerry's Sandwich shop on Sunday, March 24th 4-6pm. We will provide beer flight, whiskey flight and appetizers. Limited seating. Get your tickets here!


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    Hillary Lake, the Whiskey Sister, is a risk taker, lover of life and people. Her journey into whiskey, specifically bourbon began in November 2010 as she was on her way home from her brother's graduation from bootcamp in Fort Knox, Kentucky. She and her other brother stopped at the Jim Beam distillery on their way home to Chicago and that is where the love affair with bourbon began. Since then she has procured tasting events and taught whiskey education to various groups, been involved in multiple private barrel picks, blended her own bourbon, was inducted as the first female member of the Bourbon Mafia, was written up as Bourbon Babe of the month and currently owns a bar recently named one of the best whiskey bars in Chicago in Forbes. Hillary is just as passionate about her family as she is about whiskey. She loves being a mother to her two kids, and is happily married to her best friend and business partner. In her spare time, Hillary likes taking road trips, sitting on beaches, planning dinner parties and reading recipes.

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