The time of the year again – bagpipes, Irish dancers, and folk bands parade the streets in cities across the country, filling restaurants and bars with the sounds that make us all feel a bit Irish. When celebrating this festive holiday, we often enjoy a pint of Guinness Stout or a warm Irish coffee, but these drinks lose their lucky charm after a while, and we need to mix it up. Green beer may be great for a St. Patty’s fraternity party, but it just doesn’t do it for those of us with a more discerning palate.
This St. Patrick’s Day, why not try something a little different? These green drinks may inspire you to start a new Irish tradition or, at the very least, give you a chance to sample something a little out of your normal realm.
The Last Word Cocktail
What better way to create a green drink for St. Patrick’s Day than using the classic liqueur, Chartreuse, for color. This botanical liqueur is made by two Chartreuse monks who are the only people in the world who know the exact combination of plants (over 130 of them) and distilling techniques used to produce this delicious liqueur. An ingredient with a true “secret recipe” just seems kind of magical and appropriate for St. Patty’s Day. To enjoy this complex cocktail, gather the following ingredients:
- ¾ oz Gin
- ¾ oz Maraschino Liqueur
- ¾ oz Green Chartreuse
- ¾ oz freshly squeezed lime juice
Add these ingredients to a shaker full of ice and shake it until well chilled. Serve the drink up or strained over a glass of ice, and garnish with a slice of lime.
If whiskey is your lucky liquor of choice, this may be the drink for you. With a similar flavor profile to the “mules” that have gained popularity in recent years, this cocktail is sure to please many palates. Martha Stewart recommends serving it with her Leek and Cheddar Dip, which would be wonderful served with Irish Soda Bread for dipping. To make this one, combine these ingredients in a glass of ice:
- 2 oz Irish Whiskey
- 3 oz Ginger Ale
- 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
- Garnish with a slice of lime and serve!
Green Apple Ginger Martini
If you’re a fan of the festive green but prefer the crisp taste of Granny Smith Apples over the punch of whiskey or the herbal blast of Chartreuse, this martini is for you. It takes the best qualities of fruity martinis you find on most restaurants’ signature cocktail lists but improves upon them by doing away with the artificial flavors and replacing them with real fruit and a real artisan preparation that will wow your guests. If you like preparing something special for your friends and family to celebrate the holiday, this drink won’t disappoint. Check out this recipe from Gourmande in the Kitchen today.
If you are looking for the ingredients for these cocktails and many others to liven up your St. Patrick’s Day party, visit Payless Liquors to stock up. We have everything you need to bring the luck o’ the Irish to your table this year.