When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, no self-respecting foodie has ever dreamed of finding a green beer at the end of the rainbow. So we’ve tapped some top mixologists and an award-winning pastry chef to offer a few elegant toasting alternatives that are pure liquid gold. Their concoctions are sure to inspire even the most jaded-green palates to raise their glasses (or spoons) in a hearty “Sláinte!”
Bailey’s Irish Cream Panna Cotta
Brittani Szczecina, pastry chef, 3800 Ocean, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa
Bloom gelatin in ice water for five minutes or until soft. Remove from ice water and squeeze; set aside on a dry towel. Bring the remaining ingredients to a simmer and stir in the gelatin. Pour into desired glasses and let set in the fridge for at least two hours. Garnish with your favorite toppings: crushed chocolate cookies, chocolate sauce, St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles, or even a mini cupcake. Get creative!
Zachary Blair, lead mixologist, KANU, Whiteface Lodge
Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice, stir, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lime twist.
Luck of the Irish
Eddie Garcia, lead mixologist and manager, jade bar, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Make Guinness simple syrup: Heat 16 oz. Guinness in pan and cook down to 8 oz.; add 8 oz. raw sugar and stir to dissolve. Set aside to cool.
Combine ¾ oz. of the Guinness simple syrup and all other ingredients in a shaker. Shake and pour into a stemmed cocktail glass.
James Kruecher, director of food & beverage, McCoy’s Oceanfront, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa.
Combine all in a mixing glass and top with ice, shake 20 times vigorously, and double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime twist.
We hope you enjoy these St. Patrick Day toasts and have a happy and safe day. If you indulge to much, be sure to take Lyft or Uber. It’s a safe alternative.
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