Hello March! We have been especially excited for St. Patrick’s day coming up for two different reasons. We took a trip to Ireland last August and can’t wait to show you the photos. The second reason is that it is within one week of our our due date for the next Baby Carlin! We found out two weeks before our trip that my husband Brandon and I were having our 2nd baby. Being pregnant on our trip to Ireland really cramped my drinking style, but luckily we have a Irish cocktail recipe inspired by our trip ready for after the baby arrives!
Here is a look at our favorite parts of our vacation. We ended up doing a road trip around all of Ireland and I have to say, the beauty is undeniable. While driving around, some of it seemed similar to Wisconsin, until there is a castle ruin in the middle of the green landscape and also the scary narrow roads that were sometimes covered in sheep.
Throughout our trip we did some incredible sightseeing. We made it up to Northern Ireland and back down through the Atlantic Way and also toured the Cliffs of Moher. On our last day in Ireland we went into downtown Dublin where we toured the Jameson distillery. The kind bartender there made up a beautiful mocktail for me. Below is a cocktail recipe inspired from our trip, Irish Whiskey Thyme Sour. In the mood for Irish food? Check out this recipe for ST. PATTY’S DAY CORNED BEEF POT PIE Cheers! – Jena and Jim
- 2 oz. Jameson Whiskey
- 1 oz ginger liqueur
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1 small bunch of thyme
- ¾ oz. simple syrup
- 1 white of large egg
- 4 drops orange bitters
- 3 oz sour
- lemon wedge
- Place lemon juice, simple syrup, and ½ of the thyme in a stainless-steel shaker and muddle
- Add whiskey, ginger lacquer, and egg whites with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Tap glass bottom to disperse air bubbles.
- Top with sour and garnish with 4 drops orange bitters, lemon wedge, and the rest of the thyme.