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Try the ‘Irish Spring’ cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day

For many people (including me), thoughts of St. Patrick’s Day immediately turn to Guinness.

Unfortunately, because of the medication I take to control an autoimmune condition, I cannot drink alcohol.

No more cabernets or merlots. And, of course, no more Guinness.

So I am awaiting a day when Guinness will develop and make available on this side of the Atlantic a nonalcohol beverage with all the characteristics of the original stout.

I do know some no- and low-alcohol drinks made by Guinness, including a lager, have been introduced in other countries. But a lager, to me, can’t come close to replacing the rich taste of a good stout.

In the meantime, for those who can drink alcohol, I received this news release and drink recipe from Glendalough, an internationally renowned, award-winning craft distillery based in Ireland.

The drink is called “Irish Spring.”

This green cocktail is prepared with Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin. The gin itself is made with “wild, foraged mountain plants and distilled fresh each day in the “Garden of Ireland,” the news release said.

If you try it, drop me a line at dunland@shawmedia.com or call 815-280-4122 and let me know if you liked it.

Because I, unfortunately, won’t be trying it.

Irish Spring Cocktail Recipe

2 ounces Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin

3/4 ounces fresh lime juice

3/4 ounce simple syrup

Fresh mint for garnish

Shake up all three ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled champagne-coup glass.

Garnish with fresh mint.

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