Shamrock Serenade

Welcome to this week's Cocktail O'Clock.

Today we head back 143 years to 1881 when local Myrniong resident Peter McCluskey took his betrothed Anne Farrell to St Patrick's Cathedral in Ballarat where he had a date with Father Meade who married the couple.

Caught up with the romance, Peter neglected his current wife whom he had declared to have passed away, however, she was fit enough to attend the court hearing where Peter was charged with Bigamy!

Peter submitted his best defence of being caught up in a drunken spree, however, the judge took little notice and sentenced him to two years imprisonment, where he served his time at Williamstown gaol.

So today's cocktail gives me an excuse to celebrate one of the innocent parties in this tale: St Patrick!


45 mL  Jameson Irish whiskey

30 mL  Midori

15 mL  fresh lemon juice

15 mL  simple syrup

Splash of soda water

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

Add Jameson, Midori, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup.

Shake well until chilled, about 15 seconds.

Strain the mixture into a rocks glass, top with ice.

Add a splash of club soda for effervescence.

GARNISH:  lemon


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