Whether you’re Irish, a ginger, a leprechaun-lover, or even none of the above, everyone can agree that St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate. With the holiday coming up in less than two weeks, it’s time to start party planning! Since a flight to Dublin for one day might be a little out of your price range, here are four easy recipes to bring a little bit of Ireland right to your kitchen.
1. Irish Eyes : We’ve all heard of having googly eyes for that well-dressed lad or lady, but this St. Patrick’s Day, take it one step further with Irish Eyes. This refreshingly creamy Irish drink will have you dancing a jig all night long!
1 ounce Irish Whiskey
1/4 ounce Creme de menthe
2 ounces Cream
Strain and pour the mixture into an old fashion glass like the Waterford goblets pictured here. For a finishing touch, add a piece of mint
2. Shamrock Shake Up : Bits of green from lime wedges and mint sprigs will will have you literally and figuratively shaking things up on St. Patty’s Day!
¾ oz. lime juice
1½ oz. Absolut Miami
1 oz. simple syrup
6 mint leaves
1 oz. soda
Garnish: mint sprig
Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup (equal parts sugar and hot water) and lime juice in a shaker. Add Absolut Miami, shake, and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Finally, top with soda, and garnish with a mint sprig.
3. Emerald Isle Cocktail : For something a little sweeter than a stein of Guinness, try this green cocktail which will be equally as festive and beyond tasty!
1 tsp Creme de Menthe Liqueur
2 oz Gin
3 dashes Bitters
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
4. The Grasshopper : A quintessential Irish dessert cocktail. Sweeter than the Irish Eyes, this drink is pleasing to the eyes and lips!
3/4 fluid ounce creme de menthe
3/4 fluid ounce white creme de cacao
1/4 fluid ounce heavy cream
1 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Cover and shake until chilled. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.