A St. Patrick’s Day Infusion–3 Ways!

Posted on: March 17, 2022

With St. Patrick’s Day this week, many will head to a local pub to celebrate but I’m more intrigued to the idea of recreating the Irish-pub experience in the comfort of my home.  Our friends at the LCBO have created an online catalogue highlighting a plethora of Irish based whiskies, stouts, ciders, ales and celebratory cocktails to toast the occasion, complete with Irish-themed meal recipes!
I’ve highlighted my favourite ideas below to show how easily you can infuse your Irish favourites from the LCBO into every component of your feast: a beverage, an entrée, and dessert!

The beverage:
We must start the evening off right, with a punch bowl of a whiskey, brandy, Cointreau, apple and lemon juice blended with chilled orange pekoe tea called ‘Irish Eyes’.  You can make this simple punch bowl recipe ahead of time and keep chilled until ready to serve.  Drink responsibly.  Check out the Irish Eyes recipe.

The entrée:
Traditional Irish pub provisions are hearty and full of comfort, like this slow-cooked meal ‘Guinness and Treacle-Glazed Roast Lamb Shoulder.  Secure a lamb shoulder from Metro’s meat department, along with the herbs and spices needed for the rub (make sure to prepare the rub the day before you are serving this meal).  This glaze for this dish includes the use of a can of Guinness or another dry stout.  Gently pour the Guinness–treacle (golden syrup)–malt vinegar mix over the lamb 30 minutes into cooking and once again 45 minutes later when done.  See this recipe for the step-by-step instructions.

The dessert:
Complete the meal with this rich and intense Dark-Chocolate Whiskey Cake.  This decadent cake with not only has whiskey inside the cake, but its also served warm and encompassed with a thick chocolate-whiskey drizzle and topped with fresh raspberries.  I recommend ‘Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey’ for this dream dessert.  Find the recipe for this must-try dessert here.
Visit the LCBO and Metro at Cloverdale to find all the ingredients you need to make these delicious Irish-themed recipes.

Looking for décor to set the scene?  Dollarama is your lucky charm for adornments of green festive fun. Here you will find green hats, beaded necklaces, headbands, shamrock shaped glasses, clover garlands and confetti, wall décor and so much more!

We’d love to hear how you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  Share your favourite moments, recipes and more with us by tagging @cloverdalemall on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
However you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, may the luck of the Irish always be with you!

~ Gillaine, Marketing Coordinator