Friday, 16 March 2012
This year for St. Patty's Day, rather then funneling pitchers of questionable green beer, try out some of these green cocktails to shake things up. Or stay in and make them yourself and avoid the swarms of inebriated people trampling each other to get to the bar.
adapted from Food Network
for 4 servings
6 ounces light rum
12 mint sprigs, or spearmint, 8 roughly broken apart
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 tablespoons sugar
4 slices lime
Place ice in beverage shaker then add in the rum, 8 broken up mint sprigs, lime juice and sugar.
Shake well and serve over ice in a high ball glass.
Top off each glass with a splash of club soda.
Garnish each with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.
2. Green Apple Dublin Cocktail
adapted from about.comfor 1 serving
2 oz Michael Collins Irish whiskey
1 oz sour apple schnapps
2 oz white cranberry juice
Add all three ingredients in a cocktail shaker
Add ice, shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
Strain into a chilled martini glass
Garnish with a fresh apple slice.
3. Ninja Turtle
adapted from hubpages.com
for 1 cocktail1 ounce Hendricks Gin
2 ounces blue curaço
Top up Orange Juice
Add blue curaçoa and gin into a glass, half filled with ice.
Add orange juice. Stir and serve!
4. Cucumber Cooler
adapted from Saveur
for 1 serving
1 2" piece cucumber, thinly sliced crosswise, plus 1 additional slice for garnish
1⁄8 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 1⁄2 oz. vodka
1⁄2 oz. simple syrup
In a cocktail shaker, combine the cucumber slices, thyme, and 1⁄4 cup crushed ice.
Using a muddler, crush ingredients until slushy.
Add more ice, vodka, and simple syrup. Cover, shake vigorously to combine, and pour contents into a glass garnished with a slice of cucumber.
5. Lawn Mower
adapted from Cocktail Times
for 2 servings
1 cup diced, ripe honeydew, cantaloupe or seedless watermelon
1 oz vanilla vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1 tbsp roughly chopped fresh mint
About 1/2 cup cold brut Champagne or dry sparking wine
Puree the melon in a blender (add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if necessary). P
ress the melon mixture through a strainer into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Add the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and mint. Shake vigorously to infuse.
Strain the mixture into the chilled glasses and top with Champagne float. Stir once. Garnish.
What are some of your favorite St. Patrick's Day drinks?