Lavish Libations Series: The Leprechaun’s Wish

fullsizeoutput_3c25.jpegSo we are back with an oldie but goodie.  We are, in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, watching and imbibing with, Darbie O’Gill and The Little People. fullsizeoutput_3c2b.jpeg

We are naming our drink of choice, “The Leprechaun’s Wish” (aka an Irish Car Bomb.)  Being it a Walt Disney film, we did not feel it apt to be drinking such a violent-name concoction while viewing such a light-hearted tale.  Thus the new name.

In the film, King Brian offers three wishes to anyone who spots him.  Being quite the clever leprechaun that he is, King Brian gambles that the wisher will wish for his pot of gold.  After the pot of gold is granted, the wisher usually gets greedy and asks for a fourth wish.  The kicker is, if you ask for a fourth wish, all your other wishes are null and void.

So here’s how we made “The Leprechaun’s Wish”:

IMG_2881.JPGWe started with a Guinness Stout beer.IMG_2884.JPGRourke slowly poured the beer, slanting the glass.IMG_2886.JPGWe set it aside to let the foam settle for about 5 minutes.IMG_2889.JPGAfter it was settled, we poured half of a shot glass with Bailey’s Irish Cream.IMG_2890.JPGIMG_2904.JPGAnd then the other half we filled with Jameson Irish Whiskey.IMG_2906.JPGRight before drinking, we dropped the shot glass into the stout glass.IMG_2908.JPGIMG_2910.JPGIMG_2911.JPGIMG_2912.JPGIt mixes and makes an-almost-chocolate-flavored drink. fullsizeoutput_3c34.jpeg

The Leprechaun’s Wish (aka Irish Car Bomb)

(makes 1 drink)

1 Guinness Stout beer

1/2 shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream

1/2 shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey

Slowly pour beer into a pint glass.  Let settle for about 5 minutes.  In a shot glass, pour halfway with Irish Cream and the other half with whiskey.  Drop the shot glass into the pint glass.

Make an Irish toast and enjoy!fullsizeoutput_3c2b

Now for the film:

Rourke and I both agreed that this 1959 Rated G film would not pass for Rated G present day.  There was a lot of public intoxication and frightening banshees that most young children these days would be offended or scared by.

This was the film that brought Sean Connery to the attention of director, Albert Broccoli, who later casted him as James Bond in Dr. No.  It was the first film Connery made in the United States.  His character’s name in Darbie O’Gill was Michael McBride, the Irish spelling.  But, in the film a letter was sent to Michael with the Scottish spelling MacBride, possibly a play on the fact Connery is a true Scot.

Walt Disney started planning this movie in the 1940’s after WWII.  He even sent crews to Ireland to find landscapes for filming.  Even though all cast members were Irish/Scottish, the film was ultimately filmed in California.

Jimmy O’Dea and the other characters playing leprechauns were not given screen credit.  Disney wanted to create the illusion that he used real leprechauns to make the movie.

Walt Disney had seen Albert Sharpe in Finian’s Rainbow, but when Disney went to cast him as the main character, Sharpe had gone into retirement.  Disney convinced him to come out of retirement to make the film.

Sharpe did not know how to play the violin, so two musicians were hired to create the illusion.  One handled the bow, the other handled the strings, and Sharpe kept his hands out of the way.

The song “Irish Girl” sung by Sean Connery and Janet Munro was allegedly dubbed by Irish singers, Brenda O’Dowda and Ruby Murray.

Cheers to a fun drink paired with a cute reel!



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