St. Patrick’s Day Adult Beverages
Photo by Tim Sackton
St. Patrick’s day is this weekend, and with it comes various unnecessarily green consumables. But, if you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with an on-theme adult beverage that isn’t an emerald-hued beer, consider making (or ordering) one (or all) of the following:
- The Last Word: This classic cocktail gets its green from Green Chartreuse, a complex, herbaceous liqueur made by French monks who absolutely refuse to share their recipe. Though it tastes incredibly complex, this beverage is startlingly easy to make and combines equal parts of gin, chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and fresh lime juice (3/4 ounces each, to be exact.) Just pour everything into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake it all up, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wedge or zest for an extra pop of festive color.
- The Grasshopper: A Grasshopper is basically the drinker’s answer to the Shamrock shake, and it is freaking tasty, my friends. Though most Grasshoppers are made with equal parts white crème de cacao, crème de menthe and heavy cream, I like to take my cue from The Drink Blog and get a little cognac in there. Just combine 1 ounce of each white crème de cacao and crème de menthe, along with 1 1/2 ounces each of cognac and heavy cream. Shake it all up with some ice, strain into a pretty glass, and top with chocolate shavings, if you are so inclined. (Boss move: Make your own crème de menthe.)
- Southern Exposure: This cocktail—from the blog Honestly Yum—is the polar opposite of the Grasshopper, and gets its color from a fresh-to-death mixture of lime juice, celery juice, and fresh mint. But don’t worry, this isn’t a health drink, because there’s gin in there, an ounce and a half to be exact. Chuck that gin in an ice-filled shaker, along with 3/4 ounce of simple syrup, 3/4 ounce of celery juice, 1/2 ounce of lime juice, and 7 mint leaves. Shake, shake, shake, strain, and garnish with another mint leaf.
If those don’t get you in the mood to kiss an Irish person, I guess you can try the green beer, or just drink whatever you usually would on a Friday night. That is always a good option.