Celebrating With St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Thank you for dropping by Thistle Key Lane for my 100th post. Wow, it’s been a little over a year  since the folly fun began with the launch of my blog.




This calls for a toast with some fantastic cocktails. St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, which is perfect timing to celebrate and share a few recipes. It’s never too early to start planning a St. Paddy’s bash, or preparing your taste buds for a special treat, before strolling into your favorite pub.


Chalkboard Sign Thistle Key Lane Pub


Pick your poison from the board, and don’t worry, this is mixology at a beginner level.

Lucky Lady,  Ginger Martini,  Irish Mule or Nutty Irish Pirate


Bar Ingredients


Today’s specials were created with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Captain Morgan Rum, Frangelico Liqueur and Baileys Irish Cream.


Lucky Lady with green sugar


Lucky Lady

  • 1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1/2 oz. Irish Whiskey
  • Green  sugar to rim the glass

The Lucky Lady should be served in a shot glass, as displayed on the Baileys Irish Cream site, but I think my tall stem glasses do nicely in-a-pinch.


Lucky Lady


Ginger Martini

  • 3 oz. Irish Whiskey
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Crystalized Ginger

Combine whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker with ice.

Shake for 10 seconds and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of crystalized ginger. I suggest Meyer lemons, if you can find them. They really are the best.


Ginger Martini with smoked salmon


Ginger Martini with crystalized ginger garnish




Irish Mule

  • 1 ½ oz. Irish Whiskey
  • 3 oz. Ginger Beer
  • 3-4 Dashes of Orange Bitters

Serve over ice with a stir. Garnish with an orange slice or a shamrock cut from a cucumber. Just use your imagination, and work with me…alright 😉


Irish Mule


Irish Mule with a shamrock cucumber


Irish Mule with appetizers


Nutty Irish Pirate

  • 1 oz. Frangelico Liquor
  • 1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 oz. Spiced Rum
  • Splash of Half-n-Half
  • Sprinkle of Nutmeg

Combine Frangelico, Baileys Irish Cream and spiced rum in a shaker with ice.

Shake for 10 seconds and strain over ice. Top with a splash of half-n-half and a sprinkle of nutmeg.


Nutty Irish Pirate


Nutty Irish Pirate with nutmeg


The first time I ordered a Nutty Irish Pirate, was at Brennen’s in New Orleans.  It’s very similar to a Nutty Irishman, but has rum instead of whiskey.


Come as you are


Don’t forget the appetizers or you’ll be seeing things…





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