Irish Potato Shots, another St. Patty’s Day Delco tradition.

Last week I wrote about the Irish Potato candy, but this week we are going to take it a step further and talk about Irish Potato shots. Yes, we’re talking alcohol (cue LMFAO’s “Shots” song), the good stuff, the party starter, the liquid courage. Every year, Nicki, one of my best friends, her family throws a St. Patrick’s Day party. When I lived in Delco, it was always an event I looked forward too. They made such a big deal out of it because they are Irish, and like most Irish – Americans they love St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to it being the biggest Irish holiday of the year it was their mom’s birthday. There’s always a ton of food, everything from stuffed cabbage, sausage with peppers, and of course Irish Potato shots.

Now don’t get me wrong I love living in Lunenburg and the separation from the comfort of Delco has helped me to grow, but I’ll be lying if I said I didn’t get a severe case of FOMO every time St. Patrick’s Day came around. 

Every year this party is like a beacon amongst friends. When you enter the party you are overwhelmed by the amount of familiar faces all drinking, partying, and breaking each other’s stones. There are kids running a muck all over the place, people out back smoking butts, and the birthday girl, sitting in her usual place of honor – on the couch in the living room, with a box of wine next to her just for convenience. All you can hear, are the sounds of laughter from people telling old stories and everyone fighting about which details were true. And true to Irish form, the biggest insults always came from your truest friends. This is the reason why I don’t trust people, who don’t break my stones. These memories are bittersweet for me, it’s one of the many things that I miss about no longer living in Delco. But I get to re-live those memories every time I have this shot.

I remember the first time that I had them. I was sitting there, with my novelty St. Patrick’s day shot glass, hanging around my neck. When suddenly, someone appears with a pitcher of this incredibly boozy concoction. I was hesitant at first, but I was extremely intrigued by the thought of it tasting just like our beloved Irish Potato candy. As soon as it entered my mouth, it did not disappoint. With every liquor representing an ingredient in the candy, the flavors all melded together to taste like a spiked Irish Potato candy. The Bailey’s stands in for the cream cheese, Malibu rum standing in for the coconut, and the Goldenschläger for the cinnamon. Once this hits your tongue there’s no denying that this is definitely an Irish Potato. However, heed my warning, these shots will sneak up on you, like a sucker punch from your enemy.

Irish Potato Shot

Makes 4


1 ounce Jameson whiskey

1 ounce Baileys

1 ounce Malibu Rum

1 ounce Goldenschläger


Fill a large cup with ice. Pour all ingredients over ice, mix well. (You can use another cup and pour the ingredients back and forth between the two cups or you can use a cocktail shaker.)

Strain mix into shot glasses.

Enjoy (responsibly)!

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