Join the lively Irish celebration on St Patrick’s Day, 17th of March in Smith & Wollensky’s Adelphi Bar from 5.30pm. Our very own Chief Engineer of Cocktail and Cheer will be serving up Jameson Irish Whiskey cocktails and pints of Guinness. Don’t miss out on the craic!
This cocktail first became a hit in pre-prohibition New York, where the best of Irish and Italian cultures combined. The cocktail was popularised by the song “it’s a long way to Tipperary”
Jameson Cloudy Apple
This cocktail combines the best of the orchard and distillery.
The Jameson and Guinness Espresso is a hoppy, chocolatey espresso martini. Put the two together and you have St Patrick’s Day.
About Jameson Irish Whiskey
The most popular Irish whiskey in the world, with more than 20 million bottles sold per year, all over the globe. Produced at the Midleton distillery, it is the flagship whiskey of Irish Distillers.
John Jameson’s Dublin Distillery was founded in 1780 and laid down a tradition for quality and success. His family motto and guiding philosophy was “Sine Metu”, meaning “Without Fear”, which appears today on every bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey.
He set new standards in whiskey distilling. He invested in the latest manufacturing processes. When he discovered that certain strains of barley made a superior whiskey, he persuaded local farmers to grow them by providing seed grain every spring. He also insisted that only the finest casks available were used for maturation.
By 1820, John Jameson & Son was the second largest distilling company in Ireland. News about the quality of the Jameson whiskeys travelled far and wide and demand was growing not just at home but abroad. The combination of fine whiskey ingredients and superior distilling processes was making quite a name for Jameson whiskeys worldwide.
In 1858, a blight destroyed France’s vineyards and consequently supplies of brandy dried up. Traditional brandy drinkers switched to Irish whiskey and Jameson sales soared. By 1890, Ireland had about 90% of the global whisk(e)y export market and the Jameson distillery was making 10% of Ireland’s annual whiskey output. After more than 100 years of growth and success, Jameson Whiskey was about to be dealt two cruel blows.
Before Prohibition in 1919, Jameson was a best selling whiskey in America. But after Prohibition, exports of Jameson to the USA ground to a halt. Up until 1922, Jameson was the most popular whiskey in the British Empire. But after Irish Independence, English tariff barriers priced it out of the market. Without overseas demand, all 400 Irish whiskey brands fell into decline. The future looked bleak for John Jameson & Son and the Irish distillery market.
By 1966, only four whiskey distilling companies were left in the Republic of Ireland. John Jameson & Sons was one of them. In a bold bid to keep the spirit of Irish whiskey alive, the four joined forces and formed Irish Distillers.
In 1975, Irish Distillers opened a new state of the art whiskey distillery in Midleton Co. Cork. Jameson Whiskey was then distilled outside of Dublin for the first time in 200 years.
Today, over 220 years after John Jameson opened his doors, Jameson Irish Whiskey is the fastest growing international whiskey in the world. To this day John Jameson’s passion lives on in the exceptionally smooth Irish whiskeys that still bear his name.
The character of Jameson remains true to the pot still whiskey tradition laid down by John Jameson in the 18th century. The current Master Distiller, Barry Crocket continues this great distilling tradition by ensuring that John Jameson’s high standards are upheld.
About St Patrick’s Day
Every 17 March, Ireland celebrates one of its patron saints, St Patrick, with a national holiday and a traditional feast. Although it is not a public holiday in England, London marks St Patrick’s Day with fun and spectacular events every year, usually on the weekend closest to 17 March.
In 2017, the official three-day celebration in London begins on 17 March, and culminates in the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in Central London and Trafalgar Square Festival on 19 March.
Our St Patrick’s day cocktails will be available from the 13 March – 19 March.