You’ll want to try this for that special day on March 17!

The Story

According to WIKI….A leprechaun (Irishleipreachán/luchorpán) is a diminutive supernatural being in Irish folklore, classed by some as a type of solitary fairy. They are usually depicted as little bearded men, wearing a coat and hat, who partake in mischief. In later times, they have been depicted as shoe-makers who have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Leprechaun-like creatures rarely appear in Irish mythology and only became prominent in later folklore.


This smooth, malty sipper needs a little prep for the honey syrup and the Guinness reduction, but is well worth the effort. 

The Guinness syrup in this cocktail really makes the drink something extra special! The roast coffee flavor of the Guinness blends perfectly with the malty notes of the Irish whiskey. The great thing about Guinness is it’s lighter than you’d expect, so the flavors are not overpowering.

One of the main differences (besides the spelling) between Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey is the distillation process. While Scotch whiskey is distilled twice, Irish whiskey undergoes a third distillation, giving it a lightness, and this is done in pot stills that are three times the size of normal copper stills. 

Sláinte mhaith means “good health”.

The Recipe

What you need

3 oz Irish Whiskey
1 oz Guinness Reduction simple syrup, (recipe below)
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 ½ oz honey simple syrup, (recipe at Bees Knees) 
 mint leaf (Garnish)
What you do

Prepare the reduction sauce and honey simple syrup and let them cool.
Muddle the liquids thoroughly before adding ice to get the reduction emulsified
SHAKE all of the above ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and STRAIN into a chilled serving glass.

Garnish: Mint leaf float
Serve: Cocktail glass
Style: Aperitif, celebration
Taste: Sweet, Strong

Patrick (Paddy) Moore

Patrick (Paddy) Moore is the author of the series Quarantinis, Eh? featuring cocktails that commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021.

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