This St. Patrick’s Day, consider exhibiting your culinary skills and make a traditional Irish dish for your guests. Nothing says “Irish” quite like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie or Irish stew. The beauty of this comfort food comes in its simplicity with such ingredients as potatoes, carrots, onions and hearty meats.
Most St. Patrick’s Day partygoers are quite happy with a chilled mug of beer dyed green with a few drops of food coloring. Raise the bar by opting for the famous Irish black and tan by using a stout Irish beer, topped with a pale ale.
For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the popular Irish coffee. There are a few versions of this notable after-dinner drink that range from adding Irish whiskey, brown sugar and heavy cream to your java to simply pouring a shot of an Irish whiskey and cream-based liqueur into a hot cup of joe.
For something lighter and brighter – along with non-alcoholic – a refreshing Irish Rose made from one ounce each of lemon juice and cherry juice mixed with three ounces of soda water will have you walking without a shillelagh on the way home.
Lastly, be sure to wear green or risk getting pinched. An American tradition dating back to the 1700s, supposedly, wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, who love to pinch anyone they see.
So, wear your green, get your party prep going, and remember this Irish blessing, “May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends!”