Day 326, Cocktails 330, 331 & 332
Ahh, it was finally here. The day that separates the professionals from the amateurs. The day that is our biggest excuse to consume prodigious quantities of alcohol (as if Wisconsinites needed an excuse). The day that is always 65 plus degrees in the middle of freakin’ March (yep, its true – at least for the last three years). And finally, the day I do the all day St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl with Mike and Brett (even though Brett bombed out on us this year).
Mike and I got a relatively late start, getting to Bub’s Irish Pub in Germantown at about 7am. Not only is Bub’s an Irish pub, but they are hardcore – the kind of place that has the count down clock to St. Paddy’s day going year round. Erin (how appropriate) was our bartender (and no, that’s not her in the picture), and she was able to serve up two tasty Irish themed cocktails for my enjoyment.
The first was the Irish Float which consisted of Bailey’s Irish Cream, Captain Morgan rum and root beer (I believe it was Sprecher). This was very tasty with a creamy consistency. The root beer complimented the Bailey’s very nicely and, somewhat to my surprise, the Captain Morgan added a level of complexity that complemented the drink. As Erin and I were talking cocktails I asked if she had added any chocolate liqueur to this to add more complexity. She hadn’t, and, unfortunately didn’t have any. However, Kahlua often lends chocolate notes, so we tried and splash of that and it did add a nice chocolate dimension as a variant of her original drink.
The second of Erin’s drinks at Bub’s was called an Irish Flag and was served as a shooter. This consisted of green Creme de Menthe, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Midori. The color turns out to be the minty green of mint chocolate chip ice cream, and so does the flavor, much to my delight. This would be an excellent shooter to have around for next St. Patrick’s day or as a chilled shooter on a hot summer day out by the pool.
Our second stop of the day was the old Rusty’s in Richfield and is now something Ed’s. In addition to the Irish Buck I sipped on there I also had my first corned beef meal of the day, opting for a deconstructed sandwich. The beef was very tender and tasty and complimented the Irish Buck.
Our third stop was Sheryl’s Place in Ackerman. Nikki was our barmaid (yes, that is her in the picture, holding my Twilight Lounge business card, if you can pull your eyes away from her shamrocks) and she sold us on a cocktail with the delightful name of Leprechaun Piss. Now, I’ve never had leprechaun piss before, so if it really tastes like this, then it’s not half bad. Not great, but not bad either. It consists of Island Punch Pucker, UV orange, 7 up and sour mix. The color is this iridescent green that looks like it might have leaked out of the cooling system of your car. Fortunately, it did taste better than that!
After finishing our piss and leaving some of our own behind it was on our ultimate destination for the day, the Tally Ho in Erin (the town, not the bartender). The Tally Ho sets up a couple of tents and draws hundreds after the Erin parade, especially with the weather as mild as it was. At this point I pretty much stuck to … well, I’m not sure what I stuck to. Mike was driving, so I didn’t worry too much about it. I do know that I stopped taking notes and just concentrated on having fun and not falling down (which is more than I can say for some of the folks who were there).
So there’s the St. Patrick’s day report – and I promise, no more Irish drinks until next March!