St Patrick’s Day – Craft Cocktail Workshop

March 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$25 + HST (Members $22.50)

Two dates to choose from! This workshop will run at 7 p.m. on March 13 and March 17.

Craft 19th century inspired drinks as we toast the Irish settlers that helped shape the Toronto region.

Join us virtually in the Tap Room of the historic Half Way House Inn as our costumed guide will show you how to mix up cocktails from 1860s recipes. We’ll share tips and stories of how the Irish immigrants to Canada shaped the way Canadians eat, drink and be merry today. The workshop is intended for ages 19+.

This virtual workshop will be delivered through Zoom. You will receive a link to join the Zoom event the morning of the program.

Pre-registration is required.

Tickets will be available until 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 17.

Regular Tickets

Member Tickets

What supplies do I need to mix-along at home?

Whisky Punch

The Irish Whisky Punch is touted by Jerry Thomas, in his 1862 book How to Mix Drinks as the “genuine Irish beverage”. This drink is served hot and will take the chill out of a cool March evening.

  • Irish Whisky (can substitute any spirit of your choice)
  • Kettle or saucepan to boil water
  • Sugar cubes (at least two)
  • 1 lemon
  • Mug to serve


The precursor to the shandy was made with Ginger Beer! We’ll try the original combination here. Choose your favourite beer to combine. 

  • 1 cup or can of Ginger Ale
  • 1 bottle or can of beer (your choice)


The perfect morning after reviver. This drink packs a punch without any alcohol at all!

  • 4 tsp of molasses (historical), maple syrup or honey.
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of water