Feel the Luck of the Irish During Chicago's St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

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On March 17, 2019, everyone in Chicago is Irish. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, ambassadors with the popular Irish whiskey brand Tullamore D.E.W. stopped by the Where Chicago offices to give us some key trivia about the holiday, teach us how to make the proper Irish drink and give us a few toasts for the day.

Keep reading for some of their favorite drink recipes and find more festive activities on Saturday and Sunday, like the annual dyeing of the river and St. Patrick’s Day parade.


Tullamore D.E.W. was established in 1829, its name a combination of the county in Ireland where it is produced as well as the initials of its original owner, Daniel E. Williams. Brand ambassadors Tim Herlihy and Laura Butler Synnott brought us four different kinds of whiskey to try and explained what drink is made best with each.

Tullamore D.E.W. Original: This is the standard that Irish whiskey is known for—it’s triple distilled and aged in bourbon casks to produce a smooth and friendly mouthfeel with citrus and apple hints on the nose and caramel, honey vanilla flavors with a spicy finish. It’s good neat, on the rocks, for Irish coffee and making whiskey sours.

Bad Apple D.E.W.

To a mixing glass add:

4-5 mint leaves

1 dash of Angostura bitters

0.5 oz. simple syrup

0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice

1.5 oz. Tullamore D.E.W. Original

1.5 oz. Magners/Hard Apple Cider

-Mix all ingredients into a mixing glass, fill with ice and shake. Double strain into rocks filled highball. And garnish with mint sprig.

Tullamore D.E.W. 12-Year-Old Special Reserve: This is more of a pot still whiskey, with a much longer finish and bigger body. And thanks to a longer sherry cask influence for a minimum of 12 years, there are hints of red wine and nuttiness. It’s great for on the rocks and making Old Fashioned drinks.

Green Tea Shots

0.5 oz. Tullamore D.E.W.

1 dash sour mix

1 dash Sprite

0.5 oz. Peach Schnapps

-Add all ingredients to glass and stir.

Tullamore D.E.W. XO Caribbean Cask: The newest addition to the Tullamore Dew line is this whiskey prepared in Caribbean rum casks from Guyana. The result is a raisin and tropical banana finish with a little more ABV. It’s great as a swap for Caribbean rum drinks like daiquiris, pina coladas.

Queens Park Swizzle

0.5 tsp. Giffard Apricot Liqueur

0.5 oz. cinnamon

0.5 oz. vanilla syrup

0.75 oz. lemon juice

2 oz. Tullamore D.E.W. XO Caribbean Cask

-Whip shake all ingredients, add pebble ice, top with 4 dash angostura & 4 dash

Peychaud's Bitters and add a mint sprig

Tullamore Single Malt: This whiskey is made in one distillery with 100% malt barley and is matured and finished in four different types of casks with port, madera, sherry and bourbon influences. It’s bright, light and fruity and is also great for whiskey sours and Old Fashioneds.

Tully Sour

2 oz. Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey

0.75 oz. fresh lemon juice

0.75 oz. simple syrup

Egg white

Dash of angostuara bitters

-Add all ingredients to glass and stir.

Make your own drinks at home with some of Tullamore Dew’s favorite recipes—or head to some of Herlihy and Butler Synnott's favorite bars including The Gage, Spilt Milk who specializes in iced Irish coffees and Kitty O’Sheas that is attempting to have the largest Irish whiskey selection in Chicago.

Whatever you decide, always have a toast:

“There are good ships, wood ships, ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be!”

“Here’s to the death of thirst and to the birth of fond memories. Slainte!”



Here are some other events happening this weekend that make everyone tap into their Irish side.

Saturday, March 16

Dyeing of the River & St. Patrick’s Day Parade: One day every year the Chicago River between Wacker and Columbus Drives goes green (with vegetable dye) to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day. See it at 9 am, before the parade at 12 pm. Free to attend, starts at 9 am at the Chicago River.

All-Day Party @ Irish American Heritage Center: One of the biggest celebrations is at the Irish American Heritage Center on the north side, drawing more than 10,000 people for contemporary Irish music, dance, food and drink ‘til midnight. Admission: $12. Starts at 1 pm, 4626 N. Knox Ave.

Pre-Soak Breakfast @ Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap: Get a good meal before all the day drinking with this famous pre-soak breakfast. For just $10, enjoy a buffet with St. Patty's Day Pizza, Hash Browns, Sausage Links, Scramble Eggs, Emerald Fruit Salad, Lucky Charms and Leprechaun Green Pancakes. Drink specials include Green Beer Pints ($5), Jameson ($7) and Irish Mules ($8). 8-11 am, 41 E. Superior St.

Green River Cruise @ Wendella: Get a view of Chicago’s Green River up close with a ride on Wendella’s Sightseeing Boats. There are separate options for families and adults— the latter features festive Irish music and a full-service bar, including green beer, on board. Festive attire is encouraged for the rides. Departures begin at 8:45 am. 400 N. Michigan

Sunday, March 17

South Side Irish Parade: On Sunday, March 17, the South Side Irish Parade kicks off along Western Avenue, starting at 103rd St. and heading towards the finale at 115th St. Enjoy marching bands, dance troupes and the parade’s queen. Plenty of neighborhood pubs line the route, too. Starts at 12 pm at Western & 103 rd St.

St. Patrick’s Celebration @ The Kerry Piper: The Willowbrook bar and restaurant hosts a three-day celebration (ending today) inside the venue and under a massive party tent. Festivities include a St. Baldrick’s head shaving event for charity, special guest bartenders, live bands and more. The cottage-style Irish pub will also offer classic Irish dishes and drinks. Starts at 12 pm, 7900 Joliet Rd., Willowbrook.

All-Day Feast @ The Gage: The popular Irish restaurant in the Loop offers homemade corned beef, boozy ice cream cookies made with Bailey's and drinks like The Irish Tenor with Jameson, chartreuse, maurin quina and apricot. There will also be Irish bagpipers and performances from the Fiddlin' Finnegans. Opens at 10 am, 24 S. Michigan Ave.



Here’s some St. Patrick’s Day trivia to share with your parties:

-The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in Boston in 1737; Ireland didn’t have one until 1931

-The original color of the holiday was not green but blue! It aligned with the color of the Order of St. Patrick in Ireland

-Savannah, Georgia is one of the world’s biggest parades while Hot Springs, Arkansas is the shortest at just 92 feet