The Irie Maid | The Emerald Magazine
By Nora Mounce
St. Paddy’s Day is the best holiday of the year, a claim I will fight to my death. True, we have bastardized in the typical American fashion. As a youngster, I ate too many Safeway brand, green sugar cookies and in college, I regrettably drank my body’s weight in Guinness on more than one occasion. But I was lucky enough to be from a good family, where my dad claims to be Irish (we’re certainly pale enough) and my mom cooked a delicious, traditional St. Paddy’s Day meal every year. But more meaningful than the trappings of celebratory food and drink, in the old country, St. Patrick’s Day is a family-friendly holiday to honor the republic’s hard-won history. In Ireland, all businesses are closed on St. Paddy’s Day, except the pubs of course, where people start gathering with traditional music and pints of Guinness well before noon. Back stateside, save this “green” cocktail until after the kiddos are in bed dreaming of leprechauns. You’ll appreciate it that much more. A riff on a whiskey sour, the refreshing cucumber and herbaceous St. Germain liquor harmonize to suggest that spring is just around the corner. A dropper-ful of your favorite CBD tincture will keep things mellow and just maybe, bring you the luck of the Irish.
4 thin slices of cucumber, divided
*2 ounces Irish whiskey
½ ounce St-Germain
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice (half a lemon, roughly)
¾ ounce simple syrup
1 dropper high-CBD cannabis tincture
In a cocktail shaker, muddle two slices of cucumber. Add all remaining ingredients and fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into tumbler or cocktail glass of your choice. I like this drink up (it’s the Irish in me), but if the almost straight booze profile is too much for you, try on it on the rocks. A little melted ice can sometimes be your saving grace the next morning. Float the dropper of CBD tincture and remaining cucumber slices on top. Drink to your freedom.
*If you want to stay loyal to Irish blood or lately, you’ve had an overwhelming desire to revolt against the government, use Jameson Black Barrel Whiskey. Jameson’s distillery is located deep in the heart of Ireland’s republic, in the “rebel city” of Cork - home of IRA hero Michael Collins himself! Many Americans would be remiss to know that Bushmills is distilled in Northern Ireland, another country entirely, also known as the United Kingdom!