It's hard to believe this is the second year in a row of a pub-free Paddy's Day, but just imagine how much we're going to make up for it next year - actually don't, it's a bit scary. Not ones to let an excuse for ordering food and drink go by, we've found seven ways of injecting a bit of green into your life next Wednesday, and making it feel like a holiday, as opposed to yet another groundhog day...
Vice's Irish Coffee Kit
Vice's Irish coffee kit is approximately 12 times better than anything you're going to create yourself, because are you going to use single origin Imbibe coffee from Colombia, Teeling Small Batch Whiskey, and Demerara Syrup. We're guessing no. A 500ml bottle just needs to be reheated, topped with lightly shaken cream, and finished with a few coffee beans and a shaving of nutmeg. Kits are €22.50 (add on €15 for two glasses) and are available for next-day delivery nationwide (€6), or you can collect them from Wigwam on Middle Abbey Street. Check them out here.
Bujo's St. Patrick's Weekender Kit
Bujo have brought back their weekender kit for Paddy's weekend, and brunch, burgers, brownies and beer is a celebration in itself. It feeds four and costs €55 (€65 with four cans of Wicklow Wolf beer), with nationwide delivery costing €7, or free collection from Sandymount. They're delivering them on Friday 19th, so you can either have a post-Paddy's Day pig out, or save it for Ireland V England in the Six Nations the following day. Either way national pride will be high. Order one here, but we hear they're very close to selling out so don't hang around.
The Limited Edition Green St. Sour From Irish Craft Cocktails
There's a new addition to everyone's favourite pre-mixed cocktails and it's green. Irish Craft Cocktails have added the limited "Green St. Sour" to their line-up, just for St. Patrick’s Day. It's based on a classis sour using Cocalero Clásico (a South American inspired botanical spirit), melon, aloe vera, and citrus. It's available in the usual two sizes - a 200ml serving two (€12.50) and a 700ml serving 7 (€35). Order here.
The St. Patrick's Day Quarantini Box From Catch Events
Catch Events have three St. Patrick's Day quarantini boxes up for grabs, with the choice of whiskey sours, Irish apple martinis, or Baileys cocktails. You can order a full kit with all the equipment for €50 (making four cocktails) or an ingredient only box for €35, and they do non-alcoholic versions too (€40 and €28). You can also add on Tayto crisps, Dairy Milk chocolate, Barry's tea, and an Irish flag Hawaiian necklace for the ultimate in tricolour kitsch. Delivery nationwide is €6 and takes 1-3 days. See the full line up and how to order here.
The Paddy's Box From The Big Romance
The Big Romance on Parnell Street have put a lovely box together for the 17th covering all the booze bases. There's eight Irish craft beers from breweries like Whiplash, Galway Bay and The White Hag, a two-person serving of Irish Craft Cocktails Green Street Sour, two mini bottles of Teelings small batch whiskey as well as a distillery gift set (two visitors passes, mini hip-flasks and St Patrick's day pins), and two packets of Keogh's shamrock and sour cream crisps. It comes wrapped up in a Paddy's Day Box so would make a great gift, and at €49.50 we think it's great value too. Available for collection from the bar (Thursday - Saturday) or for delivery (including the 16th and 17th) for €3.95. Order here.