When it comes to marking St. Patrick’s Day, some folks enjoy a spirited sip to toast the celebration. Need suggestions?
Wine: Try Perseverance zinfandel. (While this is a California maker, the label’s Celtic cross makes it work.) Serve it with lamb, stew or corned beef and cabbage.
Beer: Being a purist, I recommend a stout. Guinness, “the mother milk” of the Emerald Isle, is a must. Also consider Wexford or Murphy’s. For lighter beers, try Harp Lager or Smithwick’s (pronounced smiddicks).
Cider: Magners is the most popular and easiest to find.
Irish Whiskey: You can’t have a true St. Paddy’s Day without a bit o’ whiskey. There are many to choose from, and any of the following are great selections: Bushmills, Jameson, Paddy’s, Powers, Redbreast, Red Locks, The Irishman and Tullamore D.E.W. Each variety features aged, flavored and standard whiskeys.
John F. Farrell III is vice president of sales and merchandising with Haskell’s The Wine People. Find more at haskells.com.