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
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.