That One Drink You're Going to Have Because It's St. Patrick's Day

I probably won't be drinking green beer, because green beer kind of freaks me out a bit.
Publish date:
March 17, 2016
Whiskey, St. Patrick's Day, That One Drink, Jameson, Irish Whiskey, Green Beer

Hello, favorite people on the internet! Welcome back to another episode of "That One Drink." Last Friday, we talked about those glorious beverages that you probably can't make in the comfort of your own home, but guess what? You definitely can make last week's winner in your own home, and you most definitely should. You should also thank barbie_must_die for telling us about this, because hello refreshment!

"I need this back in my life immediately. Patron Silver, fresh lime + English cucumber. Topped with a hint of St. Germain Elderflower liqueur+ rimmed with salt + pepper for a perfect finish."

Now, I can't say that I made this exact beverage because I've never tasted this exact beverage and there isn't a Bonefish Grill anywhere near me for me to travel to and try it. What I can say is that I'm pretty happy with beverage I came up with and it goes a little something like this:

Claire's Perfect Cucumber Margarita


  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
  • 3 slices fresh cucumber, plus more for garnish
  • Salt and pepper for the rim


Throw the cucumber slices in a shaker and muddle the heck out of them. Pour tequila, lime juice, and St. Germain into the shaker with some ice and, well, shake it. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of some sort of beverage receptacle, then roll the dampened edge around in some salt and pepper. Toss some ice in the now-rimmed glass, along with more cucumber slices, and strain your delightful beverage in there. Enjoy the fact that your creation tastes of Spring.

Today was actually the first sunny day I've had in a while, so the timing couldn't have been better. Between the beautiful weather and the beautiful beverage, I was in a pretty good mood, and I hummed a little good mood tune by The Magnetic Fields (who aren't exactly known for their good moods, if we're all being honest):

Moving on.

Though I am mostly Irish by way of blood, I've never been one to get that into St. Patrick's day. Though I will inevitably end up at a bar this evening, fueled by FOMO, I probably won't be drinking green beer, because green beer kind of freaks me out a bit.

One thing about St. Patrick's day I really enjoy is all of the press releases. Every alcohol and snack company tries to capitalize on the day, and I've gotten emails about avocado toast (cuz green), tequila (I don't remember why), and lots of Irish beer and whiskey. But the one that caught my eye this year was a little email titled "Hacking pickleback shots for St. Patrick's Day."

As you can see, the suggested beverage is simply a shot of Jameson out of a hollowed-out pickle, and I am very much about it. I don't really love Jameson, but it's fine, and I do love a pickle, so I am declaring this my Official Drink of St. Patrick's Day.

To make your own, simply follow these easy instructions:

All you have to do is find you favorite flavor pickles (the big ones, 5 inches in length and 1 or 1.5 inches thick), cut them in half, then slice off each end. Use a sharp knife to slice along the inner edges on side of the pickle, then use the smallest end of a melon baller to scoop out as much of the pickle as you can. Boom. Instant DIY pickleback "shot glass" to make drinking that Jameson a little easier, a little tastier, and a lot more fun. I've included an example photo below of what it looks like — do you think this would fit into anything you're working on?

Yes, I think it fits in real well with this thing I'm working on called "life," and I thank you for this "hack," you PR angel.

Not only did I make and take one of these little green devils, I made my visiting sister do one too. She was pleasantly surprised by how much she liked it. Similar to a normal pickleback, the salty brine cuts the burn of the whiskey. Unlike a traditional pickleback, you don't have to do a second shot.

Now it's your turn: what will you be drinking tongiht? Will it be green? Will it be Irish? Or will it just be a nice glass of wine at home, away from the nonsense?