Are you kinda over the whole green beer thing this St. Patrick’s Day? Yeah, we had our fill of the stuff back in college. Now? Our totally mature palates call for a more sophisticated cocktail. (OK, OK, after a green beer or two. We’d hate to turn down beer — green or otherwise.)
Whether you’re hosting a big bash, hitting a bar or just planning to sip a drink or two at home while you watch The Commitments for the 47th time and listen to a little Van Morrison in honor of the day, here are three recipes to toast the holiday with a twist. Sláinte!
For the fashionista
Skinnygirl Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Pour ingredients over ice. Garnish with a cucumber wheel.
For the single ladies
Pucker Sultry Irish Kiss
Add cucumber and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add a scoop of ice and vodka; shake vigorously. Add ginger ale and pour into a Collins glass.
For the traditionalist
Maker’s Mark Old Fashioned
Muddle 1 orange slice, 1 maraschino cherry and the sugar in an Old Fashioned glass. Fill glass 3/4 full of ice. Add Maker’s Mark and splash of club soda. Garnish with additional orange slice and maraschino cherry.
For the wine lover
St. Paddy’s Pinot Green-io
Muddle kiwi. Add mango chutney, sweet basil and Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio. Pour into a shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a highball glass and garnish with a kiwi slice.