March 13, 2019
There’s not that many times in the year when you can enjoy a bright green cocktail without turning some heads, but St. Patrick’s Day happens to be that special time of year when everybody wants to get their green on.
These festive cocktails are perfect for making at home as a way to celebrate March 17th and while you’re mixing them up, check out what you need to know about this popular holiday, and how it came to be that we toast it with all things green.
St. Patrick’s Unusual Youth
This now-global Irish holiday is named for the patron saint of Ireland.
St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain way back in the 5th century. When he was 16, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped slavery and left Ireland, but he eventually returned as a missionary. He died March 17th 461 A.D., and that date has evolved over the centuries to become the day we now know as St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day is an opportunity for Irish communities around the world to demonstrate their patriotism and heritage. The colour green has become a symbol for the day due in part to Ireland’s nickname, the ‘Emerald Isle’.
Interestingly, green isn’t traditionally the colour worn by St. Patrick. You’ll actually see most depictions of him wearing blue, which is the official colour of part of Ireland’s chivalry (or it’s knighthood or fraternity).
Toast the Day with Green St. Patrick’s Sips
Now that you know why it’s keen to be green, why not mix up some festive sips to celebrate.
If you like fruity drinks, the honeydew martini is just as delicious as it sounds. The melon flavour, as well as the green colour, is provided by Midori, a melon liquor originally from Japan. The triple sec provides a slight tart edge to the drink. Be sure to choose one of the great local vodkas available at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer, like Burwood Vodka, Eau Claire Vodka or Krang Spirits Vodka.
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Midori
1/2 oz triple sec
Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Pour all your ingredients in, then shake well and strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.
An Emerald Rain to commemorate the Emerald Isle! This vodka and Hpnotiq-based drink is not blue, as you might think. Thanks to the science of dyes and colour-mixing this drink achieves a gorgeous emerald-green colour thanks to the mix between the blue Hpnotiq and orange juice.
2 oz Hpnotiq
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz orange Juice
1/4 oz lime Juice
Add ice, Hpnotiq, vodka, orange juice and lime juice to a shaker and shake until the mix is well combined and chilled. Strain into a martini glass then garnish with a lime wheel.
The grasshopper is one of the most iconic green drinks out there, and it’s been popular for decades. The minty, creamy, chocolatey drink is like drinking a thin mint – perfect as a evening cocktail or liquid after-dinner dessert on St. Patrick’s Day. It is made with crème de menthe, crème de cacao and heavy cream and typically served in a martini glass.
1 oz green crème de menthe
1 oz crème de cacao
1 oz heavy cream
In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake all the ingredients vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a martini glass and serve. For bonus points, rim the glass first by wiping it with a lime wedge then dipping it in green sprinkles, or crushed graham cracker or Oreo cookie crumbs.
Enjoy these festive cocktails this St Patrick’s Day!
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