With St. Patrick’s Day always at the heart of spring break, there really is no excuse not to celebrate–Irish style! This year, plan a posh party this side of the rainbow with some Irish treasures and clover green cocktails.
Helpful Hint: You can turn almost any drink green with these liqueurs: absinthe (careful!), Chartreuse Green, green crème de menthe, Midori and Sour Apple Pucker. Get creative and mix a blue liqueur, like blue curaçao, UV Blue or Hpnotiq, with a yellow mixer like pineapple or lemon juice.
Irish Coffee – Start your St. Patty’s Day morning with a cup of Irish Coffee.
2/3 part freshly brewed coffee
1/3 part Irish whiskey
2 tsp brown sugar
lightly whipped cream
Shamrock Shaker – Shake things up with this Kahlua and cream concoction!
1/2 oz Kahlua
2 1/2 oz cream
1/2 oz Amaretto
Edible green and gold powder for garnish
Irish Eyes – One sip of this firecracker and you’ll be flaunting the classic Irish eyes.
1 oz Irish whiskey
1/4 oz green crème de menthe
2 oz cream
maraschino cherry for garnish
Midori Sour – A classic cocktail, the Midori Sour will give your St. Patrick’s Day that extra kick.
1 oz Midori melon liqueur
1 oz whiskey sour mix
2 oz Sprite soda
St. Patty’s Martini – Always a crowd pleaser, the green martini is tasty and perfect for the females.
6 parts gin
1 part chartreuse
Green Apple Martini – Tastes just like candy!
Cinnamon and sugar for rimming glass
1 oz vodka
1 oz sour-apple schnapps
1 oz lemonade
1 oz lemon-lime soda (7-Up or Sprite)
Emerald Isle – This minty fresh green cocktail is sure to be the fourth leaf on your clover!
1 oz gin
1 tsp crème de menthe, green
2 dashes bitters
Green Beer – The recipe is no mystery for this St Patty’s day favorite. Just add green food coloring to a light beer and voila! Green drinks all around.
Festive Green Party Snacks:
Green St. Patty’s cake (clover shaped)
Bread and pesto sauce
Mint chocolate chip ice-cream
Green cookies or cupcakes with green icing
Chips with guacamole
Green apples and caramel
St. Patrick’s Day Facts:
- St. Patrick is the highly regarded saint of Ireland and is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. St. Patrick’s Day is in honor of his death in the fifth century and has been celebrated for over a thousand years.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States.
- The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the world ‘s oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States, with over 150,000 participants.
- The shamrock was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring.