We interrupt your normally scheduled posting because it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and we want to celebrate! I’ll be back to my normal Monday/Friday publishing starting tomorrow.
You may have noticed that we celebrated Valentine’s Day with festively colored drinks, and now we’re doing it again for St. Patrick’s Day. The reason is that I don’t really decorate for holidays. In fact, I don’t really decorate at all, holidays or no. We recently bought our first ever piece of artwork over Christmas from my exceptionally talented sister-in-law. And it’s not hung up on the wall yet, the walls are still completely bare. We do definitely have plans to hang it up though, I promise!
Basically I find it’s easier (and more delicious) to celebrate with festive drinks, and we made four fun drinks for St. Patrick’s Day this year.
This one is a classic drink (yeah Scrubs!) but it’s festively colored so I think it’s appropriate for this holiday. You need:
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 oz Apple Pucker (or schnapps, or any other apple-flavored liqueur)
NB: If you want a slightly milder drink, use 1 oz vodka and 1 oz apple juice or apple cider instead of the 2 oz of vodka.
Best practice is to make martinis in a martini shaker, this way all the ingredients are well mixed and cooled down by the ice. We happen to have two (for some reason) so this is what we did, but if you don’t have one just make sure your ingredients are cold and that you mix it well.
Put 5 ice cubes in the martini shaker. Add the vodka and the Apple Pucker. Shake well and pour through the strainer into a martini glass!
|Why yes, I’d love an Apple-tini with my X-Files, thanks!|
The Leprechaun is a popular drink for St. Patrick’s Day because it’s so easy to make! You need:
- 2 oz Irish whiskey
- tonic water
Fill a highball glass about halfway with ice. Pour in the whiskey, then top off with tonic water. Simple and delicious! The drink itself isn’t green, but you can garnish it with a lime twist if you’re looking for a bit of color.
|Not green, but still festive because of the name!|
Bailey’s and Milk:
It’s sort of a boring name but anything with Bailey’s in it counts as a St. Patrick’s Day drink to me! You need:
- 2 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
Put 3-4 ice cubes in a lowball glass. Pour in the Bailey’s and top it off with milk (whatever fat content you desire, but whole milk makes the drink deliciously creamy!)
|“It’s as close as you can get to Bailey’s without getting yer’ eyes wet!”|
Anyone? Anyone? No? No Mighty Boosh fans? Alright…
Apple Whiskey Something:
This one is a creation of JonMarke’s own, but it turned out great! It’s based off of a whiskey sour. You need:
- 2 oz Irish whiskey
- 1 1/2 oz Apple Pucker
- apple juice or apple cider
Fill a highball glass halfway with ice cubes. Add the whiskey and then the Apple Pucker. Top the glass off with apple juice or apple cider and enjoy!
|It’s a little hard to tell in this picture, but this drink turned out the COOLEST green color!|
We had Bailey’s, whiskey, Apple Pucker, vodka, milk, apple juice, and tonic water already here in our apartment, so we made drinks with what we had. There are only so many combinations you can make with those ingredients, so at the end there we decided to get a little creative (as JM did with the Apple Whiskey Sour/Something). That was one of the better ones though…
We decided against the following “new creations”:
- milk and Apple Pucker
- Bailey’s and apple juice
- milk and tonic water
Blech, you’re welcome!
What are you doing to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year? Do you have a fun and festive drink recipe?