St Patricks Day Drinks – Beer & Ginger
It’s been a while since I’ve been on a sailboat- but one thing is for certain the tug of the ocean, of being at sea, once inside you- never goes away for long. Sometimes the waves come up to greet you, cascading headlong over the cockpit, dousing you and teaching you the great power of the wind and the tides. It is a feeling that infects you deeply, the taste of the sea, the smell of the ocean, and utter insignificance in the face of forces greater than yourself. St Patricks Day Drinks – Beer & Ginger
Down in the Caribbean, especially on islands like St. Croix and St. Thomas there is a vibrant culture that emanates from the country of Ireland. Guinness Stout is available in two speeds, Foreign Extra and of course expertly poured from the tap. The flavor of the beer is potent and the alcohol seems to keep everything in check on the rolling seas.
During the yearly run-up to St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish beer flows thickly across the Caribbean. On rough days out at sea there is something magical about drinking a crisp Irish lager in place of the usual rum and coke. When seasickness strikes as it sometimes does in heavier weather, strong ginger syrup will augment the usual diet of rum in drinks such as the ubiquitous “Dark and Stormy” or the body warming “hot buttered rum.” I know from personal experience that there is nothing more refreshing than a good dose of slightly alcoholic ginger syrup added to an aromatic Irish Lager such as Harp. The flavor of Harp is all at once bitter, and then it moves rapidly towards rich and creamy. It’s marvelous as session beer, the alcohol level is not head splitting like some of the Belgian offerings in a similar style and it pleases almost everyone with its drinkability.
But if you should get a touch of seasickness, there is nothing more healing than a pint of Harp with 3-4 tablespoons of ginger syrup added as a healing benefit for your insides. The fizzy nature of the beer enjoyed in conjunction to the stomach settling aromatics of the ginger, just works when your head screams out for the pillow. Ginger syrup has been long held to have magical qualities for healing problems with digestion.
Imagine my delight when I discovered a new product made in Brooklyn, NY of all places. This carefully made liqueur, topped with a re-sealable cap is reminiscent of the ginger liqueur that my step-father always kept on our Little Harbor Yacht. I think all serious sailors keep ginger syrup or ginger liqueur in their galley. It’s not just for a stomachache. Ginger liqueur or ginger syrup is perfectly marvelous in a glass of lager. I go on to add a healthy dosage of lime juice as well. The classic preparation is known as a lime and lager. Lime when added to lager is usually ruined by using bottled lime syrup because it is too sweet. Ginger syrup on the other hand although woven through a core of cane sugar works perfectly well when combined with the bitter aromatics of Harp Lager Beer.
Our stomachs can consider themselves lucky that we discovered Barrow’s INTENSE Ginger Liqueur from Brooklyn. It’s just marvelous with Harp and a big squeeze of lime.
I’m not advocating going sailing just to get seasick, but should you get a bit queasy, know that somewhere on your sailboat there may well be a container of ginger syrup. Add it to your lager, and then add a big squeeze of lime. Woe be the sailor who ignores my advice.
Cocktail Whisperer’s Lime/Ginger and Lager
- 2 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime juice
3 oz. Barrow’s INTENSE Ginger Liqueur from Brooklyn, NY
- 12 oz bottle of Harp Lager Beer
- To a Collins glass add the Barrow’s INTENSE Ginger liqueur along with the Lime juice
- Top with an ice cold Harp Lager
- Garnish with a round of lime
Sip to the sailors who rounded the Horn with only ginger syrup in their bellies!