Baileys Cover ImageSt. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, and while we love Irish Food, this is a holiday that lends itself perfectly to our Sip Tips series!  If you’re looking for a beverage that’s a step up green beer this weekend, give one of these Irish libations a try instead!

Guinness Pint

Guinness  –  This dry Irish stout is one of the most popular and well-known beers in the world.  The brewery was founded by Arthur Guinness at St. James Gate, Dublin, in 1759 and was at one time the seventh largest company in the world.  This brew has been perfected over the years, to the point that it has its own, specific pouring methodology, for which tourists can be certified when visiting the brewery.  Pair your next frothy pint with a beef stew or Shepherd’s pie, or put in the Guinness IN your meal!

jameson

Jameson – Created by Irishman John Jameson in 1780, this Irish Whiskey is triple distilled
for a smooth and balanced taste.  Try it on the rocks or in a cocktail like a Jameson and Ginger ale.

Bailey’s Irish Cream – Bailey’s Irish Cream is an Irish whiskey and cream-based liquer created by Gilbeys of Ireland in the 1970s.  Created by a process of emulsion and the addition of a few mystery ingredients thought to include sugar and herbs, Bailey’s Irish Cream is a sweet, creamy addition to many beverages and the key component in Irish Coffee (coffee with a hint of Bailey’s) and the Mudslide martini.  It can also be used to add a little kick to desserts like ice cream!

Irish Car Bomb – Combine all three of the above drinks and what do you get?  An Irish Car Bomb (and a headache!).  This “bomb” shot, which involves dropping a shot of Jameson and Bailey’s into a pint of Guinness, is a fun bar drink but probably not advisable for the dinner table.  Note: This is an American beverage and largely unknown in Ireland – don’t order one there or risk offending your barkeep!

smithwicksSmithwick’s – If you’re not a fan of Guinness, try this red ale from Kilkenny, Ireland.  Founded by John Smithwick in 1710, it was originally brewed in St. Francis Abbey Brewery, the oldest operating brewery in Ireland.  This medium-bodied red ale has a lively flavor of fruity sweet, followed by a touch of a bitter, coffee flavor at the end.  Pair it with traditional pub fare, like bangers and mash.

Magners

Magners – If you’re not a beer drinker, this hard cider from County Tipperary, Ireland, might be for you.  Originally named Bulmer’s (and still sold under this name in Ireland), this cider is served over ice and has several variations, including Magner’s Light, Magner’s Pear and Magner’s Berry.  Try it with cheese or roast pork.  Bonus: Magnus is gluten free!

harp

Harp – Another well-known Irish beer, Harp is a lager brewed by the Guiness Brewery.  Popular across Ireland, Great Britain, Australia, Canada and the U.S., this classic Irish lager has a buttery aroma with a crisp, dry flavor and a smooth finish.  Harp pairs well with poultry, fish and shellfish and accounts for 50% of the popular “Black and Tan” drink, in which a pale lager like Harp is poured in the same glass as a dark stout like Guinness.