How Lucky Could One Lad Be?

Usually my luck is about as rampant as a drunk dog.  But this past month my travels have brought me to Vail, Mexico, and most recently Ireland, so I’d have to say that this old boy’s luck is fairing pretty well.  I must admit that this most recent trip across the pond was mainly for pleasure, but I was able to sneak in a few landmark visits that would make bartenders across these fine United States proud.  You’ll just have to wait until I recover from what the common folk call jet-lag to set your eyes on photos and first-rate commentary.  I can give you a hint – I drank beer in pubs and sipped Whiskey in castles.  I’ve said too much already. 

Well, just your luck –  I’ve recovered.  Kinda.  At least 2 guests at The World Bar last night told me I look tired.  Isn’t it just great when people tell ‘ya that.  Up bright and early again this morning, feeling refreshed and invigorated.  I’ve decided to share some pics from Ireland with you.  If you have the opportunity to travel to Europe anytime soon, Ireland should be way up there on your list!

 

The illustrious Flan Gleeson, Castle Manager extraordinaire at Knappogue Castle.  And wouldn’t ‘ya know, there’s a Knappogue Irish Whiskey, as well.  A fine whiskey I say.

 Our private tour of Knappogue Castle (set up by Roseann at Castle Brands – thanks Ro!) revealed perfectly manicured gardens and rooms fit for royalty.

You too can stay at Knappogue Castle.  Getting married?  They do those too!  Whiskey on your wedding night sounds perfect to me.

This fine bar was on the grounds of Bunratty Castle.  A genuine example of a small village tavern.  Too bad they weren’t serving drinks while we were there.

 

 

 

 

 

Sheesh – how many castles can Jonathan visit whilst in Ireland?  Believe it or not, we stayed in this one:

(Castle Glin)

 

These bottles were on a shelf…in our bathroom!

The bar at the Lime Tree Restaurant in Kinsale, Co. Kerry.  We enjoyed some delicious food here, and the village of Kinsale should be high on your list of stops if you go.  Look at this place:

A few sequential photos for you to enjoy.  Let me know when you get tired of them and I’ll post some more :>)

And what an experience ’twas.  Look at how pooped I was by the end.

I’m wearing my Ireland Sweatshirt.  It did me well.  And so did the Guinness and Whiskey I’m drinking.

That’s my woman!

Let’s see how many bars, restaurants, and pubs we can cram into 4 tiny windy blocks in the middle of the cosmopolitan city of Dublin, and let’s call that new neighborhood “Temple Bar!”

Here’s a cocktail for you to try.  It’s a variation from “The Savoy Cocktail Book,” Harry Craddock, 1930.  It’s a yummy one!

Whiskey Cocktail

1 1/2 oz. Knappogue Irish Whiskey

1/2 oz. simple syrup

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish: a maraschino cherry

 

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