Ellen: St. Patrick’s Day Drink Recipes with Dave Arnold


Ellen: St. Patrick’s Day Drink Recipes

Mixologist Dave Arnold of Booker and Dax in New York City shared St. Patrick’s Day themed drink options with Ellen. He confirmed what I’ve suspected for years, that a mixologist is just a fancy bartender.

He explained to Ellen that you can use new techniques to make your holiday drinks this year. He used liquid nitrogen to freeze raspberries, so he didn’t have to use ice to dilute the drink. Dave said that liquid nitrogen is completely safe in drinks because the nitrogen just ends up back in the air.


Ellen: St. Patrick's Day Drinks

Mixologist Dave Arnold showed Ellen some St. Patrick's Day drinks.

Ellen: Peach & Berry Drink

Most of us don’t have liquid nitrogen at home, and if we do, it’s probably not for cooking. But you can still achieve a similar effect at home with today’s recipes from Ellen’s show.

Just purchase peach juice, and pour it into ice cube trays to create Peach Ice Cubes for the frozen fruit drink. Dave explained that a pinch of salt is his secret ingredient in most citrus drinks.


Ellen: Red Hot Poker Drink

Dave explained that centuries back, a bartender would use a poker from the fireplace to heat hot drinks before serving them. That sounds intense and unsanitary, but of course they didn’t have microwaves or stoves.

He used a flame thrower to burn the beer and give it a caramel flavor. You can try out a modified version for yourself using the recipe below.

Dave’s Peach & Berry Drink Recipe


  • 2 oz. Whiskey
  • 3 peach ice cubes
  • ¼ oz. Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Berries
  • Mint


  1. Shake whiskey with peach ice cubes & lemon juice until cubes dissolve.
  2. Serve with fresh berries & mint for garnish.

Dave’s Red Hot Poker Drink Recipe


  • 3 oz. Guinness Irish Beer
  • 2 oz. Whiskey
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar
  • ½ oz. Lemon Juice
  • Bitters


  1. Heat sugar in a pan until it begins to turn slightly brown.
  2. Before it starts to burn, carefully add whiskey. Use caution because this will create a large flame.
  3. After the mixture burns for a few seconds, add Guinness, bitters, and lemon juice.
  4. Remove from heat and gently stir.
  5. Serve in a coffee mug, and use cinnamon or orange peel as a garnish.


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