When it comes to hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, there are tons of ways to approach the menu. You could go with traditional Irish recipes as a delicious nod to the origins of this holiday. You could go all green and make sure the food is simple fun and festive. Perhaps you’d rather just keep it simple and prepare some classic party foods that will soak up all that green beer and Jameson.
Or, you could just add to the imbibing by spiking some of what you eat with Ireland's great distillate: whiskey.
Irish whiskey is a staple ingredient for many of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day cocktails, but have you considered using it in your party desserts? Well, friend, if you’re looking to satiate yourself and imbibe simultaneously, have we got the recipe roundup for you. Our classic chocolate whiskey cake recipe will have your guests drowning in a chocolate euphoria. The honey-whiskey popcorn recipe will satisfy those sweet-and-savory fanatics. Yogurt Irish cupcakes will keep that party buzz going. And there's much more.
For more decadent and boozy recipes, check out some of the incredible whiskey-infused desserts and other treats we found!
Boozy Irish Potato Candies
Irish potato candies have very little to do with actual potatoes. An old Philadelphia tradition created to acknowledge the Irish potato "famine," these sweet cream cheese- and coconut-rolled treats are dusted in cinnamon to look like little potatoes. Add some authentic Irish whiskey to them and you’ll definitely increase their “Irishness.”
Celtic Apple Crumble with Irish Whiskey Cream Sauce
“Apples have always played an important part in Irish folklore, tradition, and diet, so it’s no surprise to find apple desserts in great supply and variety," says Margaret Johnson, Irish food expert and cookbook author. "This apple crumble, sometimes called ‘apple crunch’ when the apples are first cooked to soften them, is flavored with a respectable dose of Irish whiskey and topped with a buttery oatmeal crumble. Serve it with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or Irish Whiskey Cream Sauce (recipe follows).” Johnson uses Kerrygold Irish butter to make this crumble. The butter, churned from the milk of grass-fed cows that graze in Ireland’s lush pastures, has a creamy richness and a remarkably golden color from the beta-carotene in the grass. It is the preferred butter of many seasoned bakers.
Recipe courtesy of Kerrygold Butter.