St. Patrick’s day may be known for clover-colored beer and rambunctious revelry, but the holiday began as a feast to honor Ireland’s most famous saint. Pairing Irish liquor with our handcrafted, artisanal chocolates is our favorite part of the celebration!
If you’re not familiar with Irish-born libations this quick guide will get you prepared in time for St. Paddy’s Day. Find something green to wear and pick yourself up a bottle of authentic Irish liquor to pair with your holiday chocolates.
Start or End the Day With Chocolate Irish Whiskey Coffee
Whiskey is the best known liquor produced in Ireland, but it wasn’t until recently that the spirit got the respect that it deserved and sales started soaring. Because American whiskey is so popular, it’s easy to forget the libation was originally created in Ireland. Several distilleries have been perfecting the whiskey-making process for hundreds of years.
Irish whiskey is distinctive in that it’s typically single malt and single grain. Simple yet purely perfect – just like Delysia Chocolatier truffles. These top Irish whiskeys will definitely make you want to put a nip in your cup of coffee or whatever else you’re drinking:
Jameson – There’s no Irish whiskey more authentic than Jameson, which is why it’s the top-selling Irish whiskey in the world.
Roe & Co. – This brand was conceived by Diageo PLC after selling off its stake in Bushmills, another Irish whiskey brand. The new label Roe & Co. aims to be the epitome of premium blended Irish whiskey.
Powers John’s Lane – Powers John’s Lane is a fantastic example of single-pot still Irish whiskey. It’s a spicy whisky with a meaty mouthfeel.
Since St. Paddy’s Day is on a Saturday this year, some people will surely start the celebration early. This recipe for bold yet smooth chocolate Irish whiskey coffee will certainly put you in the spirit! Or you can do it like a true Irish native and save your coffee for an after-dinner drink at the end of the evening.
Balance Bitterness With Irish Cream Liquor
Blend Irish whiskey with cream and you’ll get an Irish liquor that’s decadent to drink. Whiskey is the main ingredient in Irish cream liqueurs like Baileys, but other additives can be included for flavor. Anyone who enjoys the bold bitterness of pure dark chocolate will appreciate the way Irish cream liquor balances the flavor.
This lesser-known Irish liquor is a fabulous export from the Emerald Island that’s dangerously potent. It’s essentially the Irish version of moonshine made with the remnants of potatoes, molasses, grains, cereals, whey and sugar beet. Traditional, high-octane poitin is illegal to distill, but Bunratty Irish Potcheen is produced with a lower 90 proof ABV.
Ease the dry finish of poitin with a super saccharine milk chocolate or white chocolate. Nut-filled milk chocolates pair remarkably well with poitin that features fruit notes.
Join Delysia Chocolatier at the Lakeline Farmer’s Market this St. Patrick’s Day! You’ll get to taste our chocolates and can learn more about pairing them with Irish liquor and beer.