St. Patrick's Day Sips

March 13, 2019

dublin pubThere’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.

Why Green?
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.

green martiniIf 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.

Honeydew Martini
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.


green emerald martiniAn 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.

Emerald Rain
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.


green cream drink2The 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. 

Grasshopper
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!

Share:

Comments

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Spirits Related Stories

Eau Claire Spruce Berry Smash

Eau Claire Spruce Berry Smash

Alberta’s first craft distillery is showing no signs of slowing down.

Learn More

Bridgeland Distillery

Bridgeland Distillery

You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but if you wanted to judge a bottle by its label, the bottles from Bridgeland...

Learn More

Seltzer 101

Seltzer 101

It seems every few years there’s a drink that’s so on trend it starts showing up everywhere.

Learn More

Drinks to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Drinks to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

The Irish know how to celebrate! While Canadians do pour a few drinks on Canada Day, our national occasion pales in comparison to the worldwide...

Learn More

Game Day Essentials

Game Day Essentials

If you or anyone in your family is a die-hard football fan, you’re likely already planning for the biggest game of the year.

Learn More

Make It Hot!

Make It Hot!

Sometimes even the warmest sweater layered under a cozy coat isn’t enough to ward off that chill you get from being outdoors.

Learn More

Making Martinis with Small Batch Spirits

Making Martinis with Small Batch Spirits

When we think vodka, we often think ‘martini’, and for good reason.The martini is easily one of the classiest, sexiest cocktails you can enjoy.

Learn More

Holiday Cocktails

Holiday Cocktails

The holidays can be an overwhelming time of year. Between gift buying, trip planning, gift wrapping and holiday gatherings, there is barely any time to breathe.

Learn More

Entertaining Hacks for the Bar

Entertaining Hacks for the Bar

Let’s admit it—for many of us, one of the exciting things about the holidays is the opportunity to share fun and festive drinks with friends.

Learn More

Gifts for Your List

Gifts for Your List

As you’re working away at your holiday shopping list, there’s always a few folks who are hard to buy for.

Learn More

Potluck Foods Made With Alcohol

Potluck Foods Made With Alcohol

If you’re tasked with making a dish for a holiday potluck, you might be wondering if you should bring the same old tired spinach dip.

Learn More

Festive Fun with Friends

Festive Fun with Friends

You have to admit there’s something especially festive about the idea of baking cookies around the holidays.

Learn More

Private Holiday Events & Tastings

Private Holiday Events & Tastings

Are you the planner in your family or at the office? If you’re just not up for being the host or the organizer again this...

Learn More

Gift Ideas That Span The Distance

Gift Ideas That Span The Distance

The holidays are just around the corner and in today’s globetrotting society, so many of us live far away from our families and friends.

Learn More

Deck The House For The Holidays

Deck The House For The Holidays

If you’re the type of person who throws awesome holiday parties you’ll want to make sure your supplies are in order.

Learn More

Fallentimber Meadery Festive Offerings

Fallentimber Meadery Festive Offerings

Looking for a little something different? Want a beverage that feels a little festive this holiday season? Fallentimber Meadery has some extra special offerings that...

Learn More

Epitaph Gin

Epitaph Gin

The colour blue has had a long and fascinating history. While blue is one of the primary colours, and the top ‘favourite’ colour of people...

Learn More

&Soda

&Soda

Plenty of us take a vacation, then try to recreate that magic when we get home.

Learn More

Local Gins

Local Gins

For some people, just the mention of the word gin is enough to elicit groans, shudders and memories of the drink that earned the nicknames,...

Learn More

Confluence Distilling

Confluence Distilling

Like many folks in Calgary’s burgeoning brewing and distilling industry, Ross Alger started out making his own libations at home.

Learn More

Pink Drinks for Valentine's Day

Pink Drinks for Valentine's Day

Whether you’re whipping up a few drinks for you and your date after a Valentine’s Day dinner, hosting a single ladies night in, or you’re...

Learn More

Cheers to Robbie Burns

Cheers to Robbie Burns

On January 25th, Scots around the world will celebrate the 260th birthday of legendary poet Robert “Robbie” Burns.

Learn More

Social Lite Vodka

Social Lite Vodka

Do you take sugar in your coffee? How many? One? Maybe two or three? Would you drink your coffee with six, or even ten sugars...

Learn More

Holiday Liqueurs & Creamy Winter Drinks

Holiday Liqueurs & Creamy Winter Drinks

The holidays are for dressing up – how about dressing up our drinks for the festive season too?

Learn More

Cognac, Brandy and Port Recipes

Cognac, Brandy and Port Recipes

When we think of cognac, brandy and port, sometimes we think these are outdated libations, served in the 60’s and 70’s at lavish retro cocktail...

Learn More

Alberta Distillers

Alberta Distillers

Tucked away in a nondescript industrial zone in Calgary’s Bonnybrook-Alyth area in the city’s southeast is the largest distiller in Alberta.

Learn More

Spirits of the Holidays

Spirits of the Holidays

The holiday season is a time to celebrate, and celebrations usually include some great mixed drinks.

Learn More

Get Festive with Whisky & Bourbon

Get Festive with Whisky & Bourbon

There’s something about brown liquor that makes you feel all warm inside.

Learn More

Bourbon for Fall

Bourbon for Fall

As the weather gets crisper and the leaves begin to turn, it’s time to prepare gratifying seasonal drinks that’ll warm you from the inside out.

Learn More

Strathcona Distillery

Strathcona Distillery

You’ve probably never really noticed them dotting landscapes, hugging fence lines, or edging yards and parks before.

Learn More

Thanksgiving Pairings

Thanksgiving Pairings

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get together with family and friends, and while there’s always lots of catching up to do, once that’s over,...

Learn More

Summer Love Vodka

Summer Love Vodka

There are two kinds of vodka people: the purists who seek out the finest, clearest, crispest, near-flavourless vodka for making the perfect chilled martini, and...

Learn More

Winsome Ginsome

Winsome Ginsome

Bryce Parsons is on a mission: to rid the world of awful gin memories.

Learn More

RAW Distillery

RAW Distillery

When some products write ‘harvested by hand’ or ‘family owned and operated’ on their labels, they’re reaching.

Learn More

Krang Spirits

Krang Spirits

Alberta’s burgeoning spirits industry is an amazing thing. Thanks to changes in liquor laws a few years ago, more and more Albertans have been able...

Learn More

Ready-to-drink Cocktails

Ready-to-drink Cocktails

We all know how refreshing a cold cocktail can be on a hot summer’s day.

Learn More

Wild Life Distillery

Wild Life Distillery

It might seem unusual to draw parallels between working a drilling rig in Alberta’s oil patch and distilling liquor, but as it turns out, they’re...

Learn More

Blender Cocktails

Blender Cocktails

There’s no doubt about it – it’s hot! Typical piña coladas and shaken margaritas are always a great way to quench that summer thirst, but...

Learn More

Drinks for all your Stampede Needs

Drinks for all your Stampede Needs

The Calgary Stampede is many things; officially it's a chance to take in the rodeo and celebrate community spirit through shows, rides, events, and pancake breakfasts.

Learn More

Ohishi Whisky: A Unique Spirit for Dad

Ohishi Whisky: A Unique Spirit for Dad

If you're struggling with what to get your dad as a Father's Day gift this year because he's one of those dads who has everything...

Learn More

Old Prairie Sentinel Distillery

Old Prairie Sentinel Distillery

Everyone dreams of quitting their job and doing their dream gig, but few people actually have the gumption to pull it off once, let alone twice.

Learn More

Superhero Themed Cocktails

Superhero Themed Cocktails

With some movies coming out this season, you might have superheroes on the mind.

Learn More

Burwood Distillery

Burwood Distillery

Not many families can say their passion is moonshine.

Learn More

St Patrick's Day Drinks

St Patrick's Day Drinks

For many Canadians, St Patrick’s Day is an excuse to wear green, while kids cut shamrocks from paper and fashion cardboard leprechaun hats.

Learn More

Why Calgary Co-op Wine Spirits Beer is AWESOME

Why Calgary Co-op Wine Spirits Beer is AWESOME

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer is more than just a store. It’s an experience. Shop here and you’ll get education, assistance, and great customer service.

Learn More

Oscar Party Cocktails

Oscar Party Cocktails

The Academy Awards or the Oscars are known as the biggest night in Hollywood.

Learn More

A Month of Celebrations

A Month of Celebrations

February may seem like the dead of winter, but it's actually a month of wonderful celebrations.

Learn More

American Drinks That Pair with American Football

American Drinks That Pair with American Football

It's the sporting event that outdoes all other sporting events — with the possible exception of the World Cup of soccer, some might say.

Learn More

Health-Aware Options

Health-Aware Options

It's resolution time! And if yours is to make smarter choices and maybe cut back on some vices, we've got some ideas when it comes...

Learn More

New Year’s Drinks Made Easy

New Year’s Drinks Made Easy

The food is picked out, your place is all set up, you even have a sweet playlist ready.

Learn More

Winter Cocktails Made Easy

Winter Cocktails Made Easy

You don’t need to be a pro bartender to make a show-stealing cocktail this holiday season.

Learn More

Cheer Made Easy

Cheer Made Easy

What does a gift card, a rare bottle of scotch, and a taster pack of beer all have in common? They all make great gifts,...

Learn More

Picking Perfect Holiday Drinks

Picking Perfect Holiday Drinks

Handling all the drinks for your holiday party can be daunting.

Learn More

Festive Fall Cocktails

Festive Fall Cocktails

Pumpkin, apples and cinnamon is what comes to mind when I think of Fall drinks.

Learn More

World of Whisky Festival

World of Whisky Festival

For the fifth year in a row, Co-op Wine Spirits Beer is hosting their World of Whisky Festival that brings together top international whiskies, industry...

Learn More

Six Great Ways to Cook with Whisky

Six Great Ways to Cook with Whisky

There are many ways to serve whisky: neat, on the rocks, or in a fancy cocktail like a Manhattan or Old Fashioned.

Learn More

Okanagan's Ciders Burst with Crispness

Okanagan's Ciders Burst with Crispness

The Cider Insider

Learn More

Grain to Glass-Eau Claire Distillery

Grain to Glass-Eau Claire Distillery

Alberta Whisky Canadian laws state that whisky must be aged for a minimum of three years.

Learn More

Wine, Spirits, Beer of British Columbia

Wine, Spirits, Beer of British Columbia

This week, Canadians will celebrate the 150th anniversary of our dominion formation, when the country established its confederation in 1867.

Learn More

Spirits of British Columbia

Spirits of British Columbia

As the end of our journey exploring Canada’s bounty of alcoholic beverages draws near, we want to go out with a splash.

Learn More

Spirits of Alberta

Spirits of Alberta

From gin, to vodka and even that favourite of the tropics, rum, Alberta is producing an amazing variety of spirits.

Learn More

Simple Ways to Serve Vodka

Simple Ways to Serve Vodka

It’s been 150 years since Canada’s Confederation, and a notable reason to celebrate our great country.

Learn More

Pairing Food with Alberta Beer and Spirits

Pairing Food with Alberta Beer and Spirits

We’ve got the rolling prairies, the towering Rockies and a reputation for being the friendliest province in the country.

Learn More

Crown Royal

Crown Royal

For whisky drinkers, there is a distinguished history that is truly Canadian.

Learn More

Uniquely Canadian Cocktails

Uniquely Canadian Cocktails

A good cocktail is the perfect way to celebrate any holiday and with our nations 150th birthday upon us, I've combed the country for some...

Learn More

Prairie Pairings

Prairie Pairings

When we think of the Prairies, we think rolling hills, miles upon miles of wheat, soybeans or corn blowing in the wind and a horizon...

Learn More

Five Great Homegrown Canadian Whiskies

Five Great Homegrown Canadian Whiskies

There’s more than just scotch at the new World of Whisky store in downtown Calgary.

Learn More

Why Wayne Gretzky is a Natural for Our 150th All-Star Liquor Team

Why Wayne Gretzky is a Natural for Our 150th All-Star Liquor Team

In this year of celebrating 150 years of our great nation, we will pause and reflect on many things that make our nation great. Like hockey.

Learn More

Cocktails That Will Get You Singing O’Canada

Cocktails That Will Get You Singing O’Canada

Ontario is home to dozens of successful, unique, and award-winning distilleries.

Learn More

Ontario Food and Drink Pairings

Ontario Food and Drink Pairings

For some, it's the de facto centre of the universe for Canada, but others cast a more wary eye on Ontario, which can often be...

Learn More

Vive la Quebec Libations

Vive la Quebec Libations

Quebec plays a starring role in Canada’s history (some of Canada’s earliest settlements were Quebec City in 1608, and Montreal in 1642).

Learn More

French Cuisine and Libations

French Cuisine and Libations

Some of the most famous 'Canadian' foods have their origins in La Belle Province.

Learn More

Pop Shoppe Lime Ricky and Cream Soda

Pop Shoppe Lime Ricky and Cream Soda

As we get ready to celebrate 150 years of Confederation, there are great beverages that have marked good times over the years, including the Pop Shoppe.

Learn More

A Spirited Micro-distillery in Montreal

A Spirited Micro-distillery in Montreal

This unique, artisanal micro-distillery has earned a reputation as a ‘must see’ for tourists and locals alike! Located in Montreal’s Sud-Ouest district, Cirka distillery is...

Learn More

A Toast to the Coast!

A Toast to the Coast!

When the world’s largest ice cubes float past your door each day, you might have a different outlook on life, and cocktails.

Learn More

Gather Your Friends and Throw a Ceilidh

Gather Your Friends and Throw a Ceilidh

There is a long-standing tradition on Canada's East Coast. When there's a celebration to be had, Maritimers throw a kitchen party or ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee).

Learn More

Spirits That Put a Jig in Your Step!

Spirits That Put a Jig in Your Step!

Canada’s Maritime provinces aren’t just known for their amazing seafood, but also their love of spirits.

Learn More

Collectible whisky that won't break the bank

Collectible whisky that won't break the bank

Calgary Co-op's World of Whisky store sells some of the rarest and most expensive bottles of scotch in the world.

Learn More

Easy Make-Ahead Party Cocktails

Easy Make-Ahead Party Cocktails

PUNCH ROMAINE As served in First Class on the RMS Titanic1egg white1 ounce white rum1 ounce white wine1/2 ounce simple syrup1/2 ounce lemon juice1 ounce...

Learn More

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these Tasty Tequila Drinks

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these Tasty Tequila Drinks

Cinco de Mayo - or the fifth of May – is a celebration to commemorate the Mexican army’s 1862 victory during the Franco-Mexican War.

Learn More

Whiskies - What are the Differences?

Whiskies - What are the Differences?

Calgary is now home to one of the most unique whisky retailers in North America.

Learn More

Unique World of Whisky Store Opens in Downtown Calgary

Unique World of Whisky Store Opens in Downtown Calgary

It’s the first of its kind on Canada and was nearly three years in the making.

Learn More

You Can Escape the Winter Blahs

You Can Escape the Winter Blahs

You Can Escape the Winter Blahs

Learn More

More Than Just a Pirate's Spirit

More Than Just a Pirate's Spirit

Rum has long been known as the spirit of the Caribbean Islands and Latin America and is one of the most enjoyed and loved spirits...

Learn More

Warm Up on a Cold Day

Warm Up on a Cold Day

Sipping on a warm coffee cocktail at the end of your day, or after a great meal is one of life's decadent pleasures.

Learn More

All About Spirits

All About Spirits

We love to raise your spirits.There are endless possibilities for enjoying the offerings of the world.

Learn More

Some Classic Gin Cocktails

Some Classic Gin Cocktails

Mixologist and bartenders the world over have been making some of our most beloved cocktails with this juniper infused spirit since the original cocktail era...

Learn More