Black Irish Martini

Black Irish Martini

Learn how to make Pat McMenamin's, house mixologist at Salt Creek Grille Princeton, Black Irish Martini just in time for St. Patrick's Day!


History of Black Irish-

One theory about the origin of this term focuses on an event that took place in 1588, when more than 20 ships carrying members of the Spanish Armada wrecked on the coast of Ireland. Many of the men were killed in the wrecks, and many of the survivors were put to death by Irish soldiers. A handful of the survivors fled to Scotland, but it is believed to be unlikely that any of them ever made it past the beaches of Ireland and unlikely that any of them could have made a significant genetic contribution to the people of Ireland. It is considered to be more likely that a group of Spanish soldiers who served under Irish chiefs around the same time stayed in the country long enough to father children.

Pat incorporates traditional Irish beverages along with the Spanish cordial Cuarenta Y Tres Licor 43


  • 1.5 Ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • .75 Ounce Cuarenta Y Tres Licor 43
  • .75 Ounce Creme de Cocao
  • Guinness Float


Mix all ingredients except Guinness in an ice filled shaker, shake while making your favorite shaker face, strain into a martini glass and float Guinness stout on top.

Irish Shopping Tip

Look to specialty stores or the ethnic aisle of your supermarket to find exotic ingredients.

Irish Cooking Tip

Try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.