Food & Drink

Lift a Cup of Kindness

Originally published December 16, 2006. (But it was so good, we just had to bring it back.)

So, what are you washing down your Irish Christmas pudding with this year? Our friends at McGillin’s, the oldest Irish pub in Philadelphia (1310 Drury Lane), shared with us some holiday recipes which, if they’re not strictly Irish, do have a distinctly holiday flavor.

So what do you say when you lift your glass of Poinsettia Punch or your Pumpkin martini? A few choice Irish toasts:

“Nollaig shona duit!” (Happy Christmas!)

“Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi shonas duit.” (A prosperous and happy Christmas to you!)

“Go mbeire muid be oar an am seo aris!” (May we be alive at this time next year!”)

One caveat: Please, drink responsibly, so we all may be alive at this time next year.

Poinsettia Punch

Our friends at McGillin’s, the oldest Irish pub in Philadelphia, shared this holiday recipe which, if it;s not strictly Irish, does have a distinctly holiday flavor.


  • 1 magnum champagne
  • 64 oz. (2 quarts) cranberry juice
  • 16 oz. orange juice
  • 10 oz. Triple sec
  • Orange slices, for garnish


Mix ingredients together. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Martini

This spirited drink comes to us courtesy of the good folks at McGillin’s Olde Ale House.


  • 1-1/4 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 1-1/4 oz. pumpkin smash (a liquor)
  • 1/2 oz. milk or half and half
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


Mix first 3 ingredients. Pour over ice in martini shaker. Shake well. Then, mix sugar and cinnamon and rim martini glass with mixture. Strain liquid martini ingredients into chilled martini glass rimmed with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

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