Cocktail Recipe: Saint Casa

When you think of an Irish cocktail, you probably think of something that uses Irish whiskey as a base. You probably aren’t thinking of something tequila based… but sure enough, that’s exactly what the Saint Casa calls for — and it just might be my new favorite St. Patrick’s Day drink.


The spirit in this cocktail is something you wouldn’t expect: anejo tequila. Specifically, this cocktail calls for the anejo version of Casamigos, which we have reviewed before and I find it to be pretty delicious. What it brings to the table are some delicious vanilla and caramel flavors along with the usual herbaceous agave notes, all of which fit perfectly into the flavor profile of this cocktail. You can get a similar reaction with other anejo tequilas, but the Casamigos version really is the best option for this drink.

Where things start to go off the rails and into a distinctly odd (but delicious) territory is with the Creme de Mure blackberry liqueur. This is an odd duck, and one that I couldn’t find anywhere in my local ABC stores in North Carolina. I was fortunate enough to have grabbed some back in Austin, Texas before I moved, but just be aware that finding a bottle might not be the easiest task on this list.

What will be remarkably easy to find is a can of Guinness. If the tequila and blackberry liqueur were eyebrow raisers, then the Guinness will be a real head scratcher, as a stout beer isn’t something you usually add to a cocktail. But here, it works. The Guinness simultaneously brings some carbonation and levity to the cocktail while also giving it a rich dark base, and the mixture of this beer and the blackberry liqueur is absolutely delicious.



  • 1 oz Anejo Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Creme de Mure
  • 1/4 oz agave nectar
  • Guinness to top

Add everything except the Guinness to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Pour into a tall glass, garnish with a skewer of blackberry, and top with Guinness.

Does Guinness deserve a shot in a cocktail (other than the one we shall not name)? Give it a try yourself, and let us know in the comments if you find a way to make it even better!


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