It’s Spring time again. Somewhere between the rain of March and the heat of summer. More specifically, we’re between the debauchery of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish whiskey and not quite to the time where fruity drinks with umbrellas are common. Dude, Easter is right around the corner, so I guess it’s as good a time as any to discuss the Carrot Cake Shot. Most home bartenders might have all the needed ingredients lying around already. Hang around after we run through our Carrot Cake Shooter recipe and we’ll tell you how people first came up with the hare-brained idea of carrot cake in the first place.
The Clover Club is a classic cocktail that hearkens back to a time when men were men, and not afraid to drink a pink cocktail in public. Long before the Cosmopolitan dominated bars and lounges everywhere, two other pink cocktails (the Clover Club and its cousin, the Pink Lady) were being imbibed by every mover, shaker, and go-getter in the land. After we share this authentic old school recipe, we’ll delve into the origins of the Clover Club cocktail, its ascension to the heights of popularity, and its equally quick fall from grace. Cocktail lovers in the 20th Century may have had fickle taste, but trust me, this drink is a forgotten gem, well worth resurrecting.
Easter is one of the milestone holidays in the Western world. A lot of people celebrate it for different reasons, not the least of which is tradition. For someone who marks the calendar by the colors in the shop windows, and the food and drink on the table, we offer you the Blue Cottontail cocktail. This orange flavored cocktail is a fine choice to leave out for the Easter Bunny. He/She has a lot of eggs to deliver, you know.
When we think about the modern Easter holiday, most of us envision Easter egg hunts and pastel colors. Some of us picture a huge scary anthropomorphic rabbit like something out of Donnie Darko, but that’s another story. The Easter Bunny drink is for people who enjoy munching down on a chocolate bunny, only this time, it’s coming in a cocktail glass.
St. Patrick’s Day is both a day to get debauched to the best of your ability and a day of great Irish national pride. Never mind that people who aren’t even remotely close to being Irish still find a reason to drink like it’s their last ever chance to party. But what to order at the bar, or put together at home if you don’t feel like Guinness? Here’s the perfect solution, in the form of Irish Flag Shots. This tri-color shooter will have you feeling as Irish as they come within a few rounds.
The vast majority of the FNDC have a lot of Irish blood in them. It’s likely that many of our ancestors came across the Atlantic during the 1800s, but the result is that we all have Jameson in our liquor cabinets today. In recognition of our (mostly) common Irish roots, the Friday Night Drunk Club is going to hook you up with our own Irish Car Bomb recipe, and we can even talk about how the Irish Car Bomb was originally created.
Now we’re getting onto the classics. This is a drink that every bartender great and small should know, the Horses Neck. Dating back to at least the 1800s, it started life as one of the original mocktails. By the turn of the last century, it had firmly established itself as a cocktail for the ages. Though there are a variety of whiskeys that you can grace this cocktail with, we made our Horse’s Neck with Jameson Irish whiskey. My verdict is that the Horse’s Neck is not only perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, but for any day of the year.