For St. Patrick’s Day imbibing, make your cocktails with Irish spirits

Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations luck-of-the-Irish-style, with the Dude’s Breakfast featuring Baileys Original Irish Cream. Contributed by Baileys

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Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations luck-of-the-Irish-style, with the Dude’s Breakfast featuring Baileys Original Irish Cream. Contributed by Baileys

For St. Patrick’s Day this year, venture from the artificially green-colored beers and cocktails that seem to be a March 17 must. Having drinks that simply feature ingredients from Ireland, without any dyes, will get you the boozy fun you’re wanting without the strange hues.

Here are three such cocktails to try. The first one has winter’s flavors packaged in an icy springtime drink; you’ll want to start with it.

The Dude’s Breakfast

1 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream

1 oz. Cîroc Vodka

3 oz. cold brew coffee

1 dash Angostura bitters

Garnish grated nutmeg

Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a double rocks glass over ice. Garnish with the nutmeg.

— Baileys Irish Cream

Irish Maid

Muddled cucumber

1 & 1/2 oz Teeling Single Grain

1/2 oz simple syrup

1/2 oz of fresh squeezed orange juice

Garnish cucumber and lemon zest

Add the whiskey, simple syrup and orange juice into a shaker. Muddle the cucumbers in the mixture and shake all of it with ice. Serve over ice with a garnish of cucumber and lemon zest.

— TenOak Austin

Irish Legend

1 1/2 oz. Tullamore D.E.W Original Irish Whiskey

1/2 oz. Amaretto

1 1/3 oz. apple juice

1/3 oz. lemon juice

1/3 oz. lime juice

1/4 oz. simple syrup

1 egg white

1/3 oz. crème de mure

Add all ingredients to shaker except the crème de mure. Dry shake, add ice, then hard shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Sink the crème de mure. Add crushed ice and garnish with 2 raspberries and a sprig of rosemary.

— Tullamore D.E.W.

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