Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | March 17, 2011

A Cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day

My latest column at PRZman includes a recipe for a great cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipe

No other holiday offers as much built-in reason to enjoy beer and spirits as St. Patrick’s Day. From Guinness and Harp to Jameson and Bushmills, the Irish have given us more than their fair share of great spirits.

But what can you drink on St. Paddy’s Day if you want a well-crafted cocktail? Here’s a favorite drink of ours, the St. Columb’s Rill by Philip Ward, one of America’s best mixologists.

As most drinkers of Bushmills know, St. Columb’s Rill is the stream on whose banks the Bushmill distillery was first built and which provides the fresh water that goes into their whiskey. It’s a boozy drink for sure, but one that we really like

St. Columb’s Rill

  • 2 oz Bushmills
  • 3/4 oz vermouth bianco (Dolin or Martini Rossi)
  • 1/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino
  • 1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
  • Dash Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters*
    Combine ingredients and stir over ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Do not garnish.

*Bittermens is a great brand that produces really unique flavors. The Xocolatl Mole Bitters add a great chocolate complexity to any drink and they work phenomenally well in this drink. If you can’t find these or other chocolate bitters (Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters are on Amazon), you can substitute a dash of classic Angostura Bitters, though the drink is superior with chocolate bitters.



  1. Now that’s a St. Patrick’s day cocktail. Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

    Cheers DIA

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