St. Kevin’s Cocktail Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Kevin’s Cocktail Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Kevin’s Cocktail Recipe

In celebration of tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve been enjoying Glenadalough Irish whiskey this week. St. Patrick is, of course, the patron saint of Ireland. The patron saint of Glendalough, though, is St. Kevin. St. Patrick’s legendary nature miracle was clearing Ireland of snakes. St. Kevin’s was more modest, but very kindly. One day while he had his hand upraised in prayer, a blackbird landed on it and began making a nest. Kevin kept his hands up so that the blackbird could finish her nest, lay her eggs, they could hatch, and the hatchlings could learn to fly.

What could be more fitting to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland than the namesake drink of another Irish saint?

The drink was not, of course, created by the saint himself. Ezra Star of Drink did that. But I bet Ezra never kept his arm upraised for weeks out of care for baby birds.


  • 1 1/2 oz Glendalough Double Barrel
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz orange curacao
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
  • 4 dashes orange bitters
  • club soda
  • lemon twist, for garnish


  • Add whiskey, juice, curacao, grenadine, and bitters to a cocktail shaker.
  • Fill with ice to above the level of the liquid.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Strain into a highball glass.
  • Fill with ice and top with soda water.
  • Garnish.

Roberts & June