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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

March 12, 2014

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When I was growing up, I had to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or risk getting pinched. My little sister repeatedly announced her goal of finding a leprechaun so she could possess a pot of gold—and a new friend. I guess she thought he’d be pleased to give away his gold! Whatever your St. Patty’s Day memories and traditions, it’s fun to celebrate, whether you go all out Irish or just raise a cup to celebrate.

As far as liquids go, people seem to go all out with the green, from beverages to entire rivers dyed green. I can’t help you with the latter, but I do have some fun drink recipes to share in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Midori is a sweet, melon liqueur and a good base for green drinks. I like this light, refreshing recipe:

Midori Ginger Ale and Lime

(from the Midori website)

1 parts MidoriGREEN

2 parts Ginger Ale

1 or 2 lime wedges

Lime wedge to garnish (optional)

Fill a tumbler glass with ice and pour the Midori over the ice. Squeeze one or two lime wedges into the glass and then drop them in. Add the 2 parts Ginger Ale, gently stir from the bottom of the glass to blend and add a lime wedge garnish if desired.

In the summer, I love mojitos – they’re light and fresh and I love the pizzazz factor from the mint. I give you permission to make a mojito now—you don’t have to wait for summer, the green mint leaves make it appropriate for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Mojitos

2 tsp sugar

6 to 8 mint leaves

Club soda

1 lime, halved

2 ounces light rum

Mint sprig for garnish

GREENBEERPlace the sugar, the mint leaves, and a little club soda into a highball glass. Muddle (press them to combine) well to dissolve the sugar and to release the mint flavor. Squeeze the juice from both halves of the lime into the glass. Drop one half of the lime into the glass. Add the rum. Stir well. Fill the glass with ice cubes. Add the rest of the club soda. Garnish with the mint sprig.

I realize that beer isn’t a cocktail, but for the beer lovers out there I had to mention that it’s easy to make green beer. All you do is take your favorite beer (preferably one that’s a lighter color) and drop in one drop of green food coloring. Serve in a clear glass to appreciate the green hue.

For the non drinkers, here’s a green lemonade recipe.

Green Lemonade

(from cocktails.about.com)

4 ounces lemonade

2 ounces limeade or lime cordial

4 kiwi slices, peeled

3/4 ounce simple syrup

Kiwi or lime slice for garnish

Green sugar, if desired.

Muddle the kiwi and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add ice, lemonade and limeade. Shake well. If desired you can rim a highball glass with green sugar. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a kiwi or lime wedge.

This chilly and “blah” time of year, it’s nice to have a reason to plan some fun. When you’re inputting your Twin Cities grocery delivery order, don’t forget about St. Patrick’s Day. Whether or not you’re Irish, include some ingredients for a green cocktail or mocktail as you shop for Minnesota groceries. Add some fun and flavor to your March and enjoy the excuse to celebrate!

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