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Today is St Patrick’s Day and one of our favorite well-known brands, Jameson Irish Whiskey, has created their sixth annual limited edition bottle design.
We also snagged three new cocktails just for us that show Irish whiskey’s versatility.
For the last six years, Jameson has commissioned an Irish artist to conceptualize the bottle art for its Limited Edition Bottle.
The design incorporates and artistically interprets Irish culture in imagery and words.
Mixologists and collectors love the interesting and sometimes cryptic visuals on the Special Edition Jameson label and keep and refill these collectible bottles for their bars.
This year, Jameson selected Steve McCarthy, a Dublin-based designer and illustrator.
His said his “bold and colorful” style was inspired by the people in his life and the legendary Irish wit that surrounds him in literature and popular culture.
This fearless attitude towards life and endeavor is the soul of the Irish Distillers company, part of Pernod Ricard, which has a range of Irish whiskey that is otherworldly — from Jameson’s sister distillers’ single pot still Irish whiskey Redbreast 15 and 21-year aged whiskey to Jameson Caskmates and their core line.
Using the Jameson motto “Sine Metu” which was coined back in 1780, McCarthy also took inspiration from an Irish saying “to chance your arm” to accompany the motto.
But what does that expression mean, really? Well, with any good Irish whiskey comes some stories you need to know to entertain those at the bar on St. Patrick’s Day.
In 1492, ‘Black James’ Butler and his crew were trapped inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin whilst a chap named Gearóid Fitzgerald brokered a last-minute peace deal.
The legend goes that Fitzgerald had literally cut a hole in the door to offer up his hand in the pass-through as a sign of friendship.
Butler restrained himself from whacking it off and shook his hand. And like magic, the bloody feud was put to bed.
McCarthy’s label for Jameson is a delightful illustrative depiction of this auspicious event as the label shows two outstretched male hands in a handshake with hands bearing the Sine Metu motto, all with the backdrop of St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s door of Reconciliation.
The label also boasts some well-known monuments like the Ha’penny Bridge in the old Irish capital.
We love that spirit and we also love Jameson and Irish whiskey as a general category of spirits.
Hail to the brown liquor as you salute St. Patrick and raise a glass to friendship and to your health with these three amazing new cocktails:
Jameson Ice Cold James: A twist on Irish Coffee
- 1.5 parts Caskmates
- 1 part simple syrup
- 4 parts cold brew coffee
- 2 parts heavy cream
In a highball glass filled with ice, pour in Caskmates, simple, cold brew and stir.
In a shaker, shake cream vigorously until it thickens and layer on top of the coffee
Jameson Black Barrel Old Fashioned
- 2 parts Jameson Black Barrel
- 0.75 Benedictine liqueur
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 2 dashes Orange Bitters
Combine ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice and stir until ice cold.
Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
Garnish with an orange slice.
Jameson, Ginger & Lime
Roughly 1 part Jameson to 3 parts ginger ale:
- 1.5 parts of Jameson Irish Whiskey
- Quality bottled ginger ale
- Large wedge of lime
Fill a high ball glass with ice. Pour in a shot of Jameson.
Top up the glass with a good quality bottled ginger ale. Stir briefly to mix.
Take a large wedge of lime, give it a squeeze and drop it into the glass.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ?