Granted, St. Patrick's Day looks a little different this year, but that doesn't mean celebration is off the table. 

The folks at Colonial Wines & Spirits put together a guide for the greenest sips this side of the Atlantic so you can still enjoy St. Paddy's with an extra dose of social distancing.

 

Drink of choice: Irish whiskey

Whether enjoyed straight, on the rocks or as the base for a delicious cocktail, whiskey is the ideal choice. Its warm and oaky flavor is perfect when the air is still a bit chilly. And Irish whiskey is some of the best around.

Reach for one of these top picks:

  • Jameson Black Barrel 
  • Tullamore Dew 
  • Bushmills 

 

Drink of choice: a St. Pat's pint

Aside from green food coloring in a pitcher of suds at your favorite watering hole, most people don’t give much thought to Irish beer. But world-class breweries abound in Eire. For an authentic St. Paddy’s Day experience, look to genuine Irish beer. 

Stout your thing? Give these a pour: 

  • Guinness Extra Stout
  • Guinness Pub Draught 
  • Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout  

If your taste runs a bit lighter, try Harp lager. 

 

Drink of choice: a festive cocktail 

Minty? Chocolatey? Customizable? This colorful cocktail checks all the boxes.

Shamrock Martini recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz. Five Farms Irish Cream
  • 1 1/2 oz. 360 Double Chocolate Vodka (or substitute Pinnacle Whipped)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Dekuyper Creme de Menthe

Garnish can vary greatly. It can be a piece of your favorite chocolate bar with a mint leaf on top, a drizzle of chocolate syrup or chocolate crumbles on the rim with whipped cream optional.

 

Find more info and recipes on the Colonial website. Need to stock up? Colonial is currently offering online shopping and curbside pickup.