St. Patrick’s Day is historically a holiday when Roanoke bartenders pull a lot of draft beers and pour a lot of shots. The top-selling beers are probably Guinness and anything dyed green, while you can bet the Irish whiskey bottles don’t collect much dust, either.
But I thought it would be fun this year to challenge a few local bartenders to test their luck at inventing a holiday-themed cocktail. The rules were simple: It had to be their own concoction, it had to be inspired in some way by St. Patrick’s Day, and it did not necessarily have to be green.
The following good-natured folks happily took me up on my request: Brad Joynes and Laura Jeter at Macado’s in downtown Roanoke, Diana Dixon and Alejandro Rivera at Pomegranate in Troutville, Jennifer Wilcox at Corned Beef & Co., Scott Koerner at Annie Moore’s Irish Pub and Hunter Johnson at Lucky Restaurant.
To read more about these bartenders and see the drinks they created, please click here.
Do you plan to celebrate or observe St. Patrick’s Day in some way this weekend? If so, what do you plan to do/eat/drink?