Arthur’s Day: Guinness Inspired Cocktails

In 2009 Guinness celebrated their 250th birthday with a party of epic proportions that featured a series of music events in different cities worldwide. Known as Arthur’s Day, after their beloved founder, this celebration has continued every year since. Today, September 27th, 2012, just happens to be this year’s Arthur’s Day Celebration. Thus it only seems fitting that I share a Guinness inspired cocktail or two I’ve encountered over the years. One even has Hard Cider!

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Royne’s Red Eye

1 oz. Redbreast Irish Whiskey
¾ oz. Averna
½ oz. heavy cream
1 oz. Guinness simple syrup**
2 dashes Angostura bitters

– combine ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice
– shake vigorously
– double strain into chilled coupé glass
garnish: fresh grated coffee bean

**Guinness simple syrup: Pour 12 oz. Guinness into sauce pan; simmer over medium heat until reduced by 1/3. Remove from heat, add 8 oz. sugar and stir until dissolved.**

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Poor Man’s Black Velvet

1 part Guinness Stout
1 part Hard Cider

– pour cider in the bottom of a pint glass
– carefully float (pour) the Guinness on top of the cider creating a layer on top

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If you’re looking for more Guinness inspired cocktails just check out the official Guinness website. There is also a place down in Alexandria, VA (if your ever in the area) called Virtue Feed & Grain, that used to have a cocktail called The Porch Swing made with Tamarind Soda, Pineapple Juice, Gosling’s Dark Rum & Guinness. I have only heard tales of this amazing drink and never been to confirm nor deny its current existence. But if you plan to go, let me know!

As always, enjoy Arthur’s Day responsibly.

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