St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails Worth Getting Excited About

Well here it is my friends. St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday and I bet you aren’t nearly as prepared as you should be. And no, I don’t mean stocking up on advil and a good excuse to skip work on Wednesday. I’m talking about organizing yourself with some bad-ass cocktail recipes that are actually worth getting excited about. You see, St. Patrick’s day has gotten a bad rap over the last few years and for obvious reasons: most people have interpreted the holiday as an excuse to be a jerk. But let’s do everyone a favor and take back the holiday with some delicious whiskey and a bit less yelling.

With that in mind, the Nobler Experiment has gotten some special help from Joann Spiegel, the Bartender & Taproom manager at the award winning Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in New York City pulling together some seriously delicious recipes highlighting two of my favorite Irish Whiskeys: Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey and Clontarf 1014 Blended Irish Whiskey. If you haven’t tried either, you are seriously missing out.

Knappogue Castle Single Malt Whiskey is named after Knappogue Castle, a 15th century castle in western Ireland, restored by Mark Edwin Andrews II upon purchasing it in 1966. At the castle he amassed an impressive and rare collection of pure pot still whiskey; when the whiskey reached its peak age, it was bottled and named after his beloved Knappogue. Their portfolio includes:

  • Knappogue Castle 12-Year-Old Single Malt Whiskey: Aged in bourbon barrels, bright, light lemon-orange color, elegant fruit, mildly spicy, citrus taste, 80 proof.
  • Knappogue Castle 14-Year-Old Twin Wood Irish Whiskey: Aged in two types of wood, Oloroso Sherry casks and bourbon barrels, fruity with hints of green apple and grapefruit zest, and vanilla notes from the charred oak casks, 92 proof.
  • Knappogue Castle 16-YearOld Twin Wood Irish Whiskey: Aged for over 14 years in bourbon barrels and finished for 21 months in Oloroso sherry casks; deep, complex, and very smooth, with a fruity nose and dusty dark chocolate and woody vanilla notes, 80 proof.

As for Clontarf, it was named after the legendary battle led by High King Brian Boru, which once and for all sent Viking invaders packing from Ireland in 1014. It is also the original inspiration for the Nobler Experiment which you need to check back here tomorrow for the full story.

In the meantime, check out the recipes below and have a great St. Patrick’s day celebration no matter what you do. Just promise us all you won’t be a jerk…


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2 oz. Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey 12yr
3/4 oz. lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Giffard Apricot Liqueur
2 dashes Bittermens Hell fire bitters .75oz. honey syrup (1:1)
Bar spoon ginger syrup
Add all ingredients (excluding the seltzer) to a mixing tin and add ice.
Shake and double strain into an ice filled highball glass.
Top with splash seltzer.
Garnish with an lemon slice. 
Shoe Maker
2 oz. Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey 12yr
1 oz. Fino sherry
1/2 oz. sugar syrup
Dash orange bitters
2 raspberries
Orange slice
Mint sprig
Orange peel
Add dash of bitters, raspberries, orange slice & sugar syrup to shaker tin and muddle.
Add sherry, Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey castle 12yr and ice and shake. Double strain into old fashioned glass and top with crushed ice.
Express orange oils from peel and discard.
Garnish with mint sprig and raspberry. 
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Red Rebel
1 1/2 oz. Clontarf Irish Whiskey
3/4 oz. sugar syrup
3/4 oz. Dubonnet Rouge
1/4 oz. Saint Germain
1/2 oz. pomegranate juice
1/2 oz. lime juice
2 dashes DR Orinoco bitters
2 mint leaves
Fentimans Tonic
Lime wedge 
Shake ingredients over ice.
Double strain into ice filled highball.
Top with tonic and lime wedge.
Celtic Frappe
2 oz.s Celtic Honey Liqueur
1 oz.  lime juice
3/4 oz. Dolin BLANC 
1/4 oz. Pernod Pastis
1/2 oz. orange sherbet
Dash Peychauds bitters
Garnish Orange peel 
Add ingredients to shaker tin and fill with ice.
Shake and double strain into
Old fashioned glass and fill with crushed ice.
Express orange oils over glass.
Garnish with peel. 
Vickers Valiant
1 1/2 oz. Boru Irish Vodka
1/2 oz. Celtic Honey
1/4 oz. suze
1/2 oz. Creme D’framboise
3/4 oz. lime juice
1/4 oz. sugar syrup
Grapefruit soda
Grapefruit peel 
Shake ingredients over ice
Double strain into cocktail glass
Top with splash of grapefruit soda
Garnish with grapefruit peel. 
Berry Barracuda
2 oz. Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey 12yr
3/4 oz. strawberry syrup
1/2 oz. Lillet rose
1/2 oz. Fino Sherry
2 dash OBW
Bar spoon aged balsamic vinegar
Shake all ingredients over ice.
Double strain into cocktail glass.
Garnish with strawberry. 
Brady’s Milk Punch 
1 1/2 oz. Brady’s Irish cream
3/4 oz. Clontarf Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz. Oloroso sherry
1/4 oz. Giffard vanilla 
1/2 oz. half & half 
Shake over ice.
Strain into punch glass
Grate dust of cinnamon over top 
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2 thoughts on “St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails Worth Getting Excited About

  1. Happy St. Patricks Day! Nice to see some cocktail recipes featuring irish whiskey. I normally default to a shot or two but I’m gonna have to give these a shot. Cheers!

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