Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day coming and going once again, I wanted to write about an Irish whiskey that may or may not be new to you…Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey. This Irish gem is distilled with barley and grain. On the nose, you will get some tropical and citrus fruit with some vanilla. When you taste it, you’ll get toffee, fruit, and pepper for a vanilla toasty wood finish. Kilbeggan is distilled in the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world, The Old Kilbeggan Distillery. This Distillery was opened in 1757 and is located on the main road between Dublin and Galway in the town of Kilbeggan, where the Whiskey gets its name. Kilbeggan has won some pretty big awards including 2006 & 2007 International Wine and Spirits Competition Silver Medal, and 2006 & 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Silver Medal. It’s priced pretty decently…you can grab a bottle in Chicago for anywhere from $20-$25. Kilbeggan is a brand that’s not only a great whiskey, but also a great conversation piece as well. So the next time you bring it to a party, remember to bring along these recipes as well…it is sure to impress any Irish whiskey drinker.
Kilbeggan Irish Mule: Combine 3 parts Kilbeggan, 2 parts Triple Sec, 2 parts simple syrup and lime juice into a shaker with ice and shake for 60 seconds. Strain over ice into a tall glass. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with lime wedges.
Kilbeggan Dubliner: Combine 3 parts Kilbeggan, 2 parts Sweet Vermouth, 1.5 parts Cherry syrup, 1.5 parts cranberry Juice, and a dash of simple syrup into a shaker with ice and shake for 60 seconds. Strain neat into a martini glass. Garnish with a black cherry.
Kilbeggan Shamrock Spritzer: Pour 1 part Kilbeggan, 4 parts apple juice over ice in a tall glass. Top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a lemon.
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