There are a lot of green drinks and beer drinks out there for St. Patrick's Day... The cocktail I came up with features Irish whiskey so that's plenty Irish in my book. Plus this recipe got a big thumbs up from the guys and the girls alike making it perfect for spring and summer BBQ's, lake parties, and yes, even wedding celebrations. Since Bushmills, my favorite Irish whiskey, is made close to the Irish city of Belfast, I named it Belfast Lemonade. I used just a little Limoncello to smooth out the cocktail, but it is very good without it if you want to keep your cost down.
IRISH WHISKEY LEMONADE
4 ounces fresh lemonade (fresh squeezed lemon juice plus simple syrup to taste)
1 1/2 ounces Bushmills Irish Whiskey
1/2 ounce Limoncello
Mix and serve in a tall glass over ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint or a lemon wheel.
For a crowd:
Serves 15+ guests depending on serving size
1 gallon fresh lemonade
1 bottle (750ml) Bushmills Irish Whiskey
2 cups Limoncello or other lemon liqueur
Add more or less whiskey to your taste. Mix ingredients in a large dispenser. Add lots of ice to the dispenser but also provide clean ice along side the dispenser because the drink tastes best served over ice. If it is a hot day, make sure to freeze lemonade and use that in place of the ice so you don't water down or dilute the drink. Add mint or lemon wheels to the dispenser to add some color and style to the presentation.