Kiss Me I’m… Not Irish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all Irish and non-Irish alike!  I am definitely in the latter category. Fittingly enough, my husband and I have sort of accidentally started our own St. Patrick’s Day tradition that involves absolutely nothing Irish whatsoever, which is exactly where the inspiration for today’s cocktail stems from.

Every year, I get excited about the prospect of going out and hitting the bars. I love beer, I love whiskey, so St. Paddy’s is pretty much directly up my alley. We usually make it out somewhere in downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul, but I quickly get fed up with long waits and rude inebriates. Inevitably, that ends up meaning we go to another, less busy establishment which is more often than not something completely opposite of Irish – Mexican. That way, I can actually sit and have a conversation with him at the bar rather than shouting because I can’t hear anything while continuously getting elbowed by someone in light-up sparkly goggles trying to order 12 Jameson shots for his buddies.

For the last two years in a row, my husband and I have celebrated St. Paddy’s with margaritas and it has been awesome. We figured, hey! They’re green drinks too!! Besides, I’m sure even Leprechauns need vacations, and I’ll bet they love a beach and a margarita just as much as the rest of us, which is why this one is called Leprechaun’s Getaway:

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1 oz. Tequila
½ oz. melon liqueur (I used leftover Midori from the Shamrock Squeeze recipe)
½ oz. Triple Sec
2 oz. lime juice
Splash of agave nectar

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake, and strain into an ice-filled glass like my Chicago Skyline lowball glasses. Garnish with a lime.

Seriously so easy… just like walking into a Mexican restaurant and ordering a drink on St. Paddy’s! The melon flavor in this one is pretty light, but you could always add more Midori or play around with the ratios to get the taste just the way you want it.

Whether you decide celebrate the traditional way or not, may your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck!

Cheers!
Taylor

Shake It Up

I am particularly pumped about this week’s recipe. Every once in a while, it’s important to be self indulgent, and in March, for a number of people (myself and my friends included) that means hitting the McDonald’s drive through for a tasty minty green beverage.

Well, good news people!!! Now you can have a more “adult” and homemade version that is EVEN BETTER than the original! I give you, the Drunken Shamrock Shake:

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  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 2-3 oz of 101 proof Peppermint Schnapps (depending on your boozy and minty-ness preferences)
  • 3-5 Thin Mint cookies (save one to garnish!)
  • Green gel food coloring
  • Whipped Cream

Let the ice cream soften on your counter for 10-15 minutes. Then, add the ice cream, milk, schnapps, and food coloring into a blender – blend until smooth and creamy. Serve either in one large glass or two smaller ones, add your whipped cream, Thin Mint garnish, and a straw and enjoy to your hearts content.You can also make it without the Thin Mints, but what’s the fun in that? March is cookie month too!

It is easy and delicious and made a wonderful dessert last night after a rough start to the week. Amen for boozy desserts. Any suggestions for next week?

Cheers!
Taylor

My Sweet Irish Squeeze

First off, let me admit that I have absolutely NO idea if I have any Irish heritage in me or not (my family tree is missing quite a few branches). Nonetheless, like many enthusiasts and/or phonies in the month of March, I like to assume that I DO in fact have some sort of family tie to the Emerald Isle.  That is why, for the next couple of weeks you will see a bit of a St. Paddy’s theme to the recipes I’ll be sharing. Added plus? None of them will involve any green food coloring!!

First up, is the Shamrock Squeeze! Now really, this is just a take on your standard Midori & Ginger Ale, but what fun is a green cocktail in March without a gimmicky name?! None!

For this version, I’ve added quite a bit more lime juice to the recipe so tame down the candy-sweetness of the Midori. It comes off a bit more tart thanks to the citrus juice, and I am a-okay with that!

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1 part Midori
2 parts Ginger Ale
2 parts lime juice
Lime wedge(s) for garnish or added flavor

The drink is still on the high level of the sweet spectrum, so if that’s not really your jam, I’d suggest substituting the ginger ale for ginger beer. I actually think that’s something I will try next time around just for kicks because… yum! In the photo, I’ve served it up in my Chicago Skyline Glasses because we all know Chi-Town knows how to throw a killer St. Paddy’s party!

I also thought I’d get all fancy with my garnish and make it a shamrock to fit the theme of the drink. Here’s the secret: it’s really easy to do! All I did was peel some of the rind and cut my design out using an exacto knife which means the possibilities are endless! Lemons, oranges, stars, hearts, you name it! (And now I sound like a Lucky Charms commercial… oy)

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As always, let me know your thoughts! I would love to hear how you would make or enjoy this one! What are your favorite green drinks??

Cheers,
Taylor