Friday, September 25, 2015

Green St Patrick's Day Cocktails

St Patrick's Day Cocktails to Make Your Friends Green with Envy

If you want to serve up some of the best St Patrick's Day cocktails then you need to mix up some of these green cocktails I've selected for you. Your friends will love them as they are not only great tasting they're also St Patrick's favorite color - GREEN!

Forget about painting the town red on St Patty's Day its time to paint the town green and the best way to do that is with one (or two, or three, or more) of these St Patrick's Day Cocktails.

Let your friends serve up their Baileys cocktails and their Irish Martinis - you'll blow their cocktails out of the water with these cocktail recipes and everyone will be talking about your green cocktails right through to the next St Patty's Day celebration!

Going Green

Green Cocktails - A Perfect Way to Celebrate St Patty's Day

These days going green means looking after our environment and watching our carbon footprint, but on St Patrick's Day it takes on a whole new meaning.

There are a number of alcoholic drinks which are green in color from the most obvious - Midori and creme de menthe to an oft-forgotten green liqueur called Green Chartreuse.

Green Chartreuse Cocktails

A Great Choice for St Patrick's Day

Green Chartreuse gets it's coloring from the chlorophyll found in the approximately 130 plants used to make the French liqueur. It has been around since the 1600s and was originally intended to be used as a medicine. The herbs used do give it a very "medicinal" taste. Only 2 or 3 (depending on your source) monks from the Order of Chartreuse know the secret recipe at any one time.

Green Martini

2 shots gin
½ shot green Chartreuse

Put both ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve and garnish with an olive.

Everybody's Irish

4 parts Irish whiskey
1 part green Chartreuse
1 part green creme de menthe

Stir all of the ingredients together in a mixing glass with ice. To serve, strain into a cocktail glass.


2 parts green Chartreuse
2 parts kirschwasser
2 parts triple sec
1 tsp maraschino liqueur

Place all of the ingredients, along with ice, into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve

Pago Pago

6 parts gold rum
1 tsp white creme de cacao
1 tsp green Chartreuse
2 parts fresh lime juice
2 parts pineapple juice

Combine all of the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake, rattle and roll. Strain into an old-fashioned glass to serve.

Creme de Menthe Cocktails

Another Green Choice for St Patrick's Day

Green Creme de Menthe is a mint liqueur that is not only delicious, but also lends itself to a green hue making it perfect for your Green St Patrick's Day.

Irish Eyes

1 oz Irish whiskey
¼ oz green crème de menthe, green
2 oz cream

Place the whiskey, crème de menthe and cream into a shaker with ice cubes and shake well. Strain into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry to serve

Irish Pride

3 oz creme de menthe, green
3 oz Amaretto
2 oz lemon juice

Pour the creme de menthe into a highball glass, next pour in the Amaretto and follow with the lemon juice. Stir the ingredients together gently.

Green Fizz

½ tsp powdered sugar
1 egg white
½ lemon, juice of
2 oz dry gin
1 tsp green creme de menthe
carbonated water

Pour all of the ingredients (except the carbonated water)into a shaker along with ice. Shake well and strain into a highball glass. Top the glass up with carbonated water to serve.

Shamrock Cocktail

1 tsp green creme de menthe
½ oz vermouth
1½ oz Irish whiskey

Put all of the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve and garnish with an olive.

Midori Cocktails

More Green Cocktails for St Patrick's Day

Midori is a very famous melon liqueur that is a green color, a very refreshing liqueur it can be drunk with lemonade or you can try some of these delicious cocktails. The name Midori actually means green in Japanese so it really is an appropriate liqueur to be drinking on St Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick's Day Green Cocktail

1 oz Midori melon liqueur
1 oz whiskey sour mix
2 oz Sprite soda

Fill a highball glass with ice and then add the midori, sour mix and sprite. Stir before serving.

Midori Alexander recipe

2 oz Midori melon liqueur
1 oz white creme de cacao
2 oz half-and-half

Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a brandy snifter and garnish with a maraschino cherry to serve.

Midori Cosmopolitan

¾ oz Midori
2 oz citrus vodka
Splash of white cranberry juice

Place all of the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker along with ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Guinness Cocktails


Guinness Pint via Stephen Edgar on Flickr
Guinness cocktails have been known to be around since the late 1800s so some of these Guinness cocktail recipes are pretty established in the drinking world! Guinness cocktails are also a great way of drinking Guinness for those who find the creamy dark stout a little much on it's own.

Guinness was first brewed by Arthur Guinness in 1759 at his St James Gate Brewery in Dublin. This means that Guinness is celebrating 250 years of creamy goodness.

The creamy dark stout that goes by the name of Guinness must surely be one of Ireland's most famous exports. Arthur Guinness first exported Guinness to England in 1769 and over two centuries later Guinness is enjoyed all around the world even as far away as Australia.

Guinness is a delicious drink all by itself.......although there is much debate over whether it should carry a shamrock on top of it's creamy head or not. Some people, however, find that Guinness is a little too strong on it's own and this has led to a number of Guinness cocktails being created over the years. The first known official Guinness cocktail has been around since 1861 so using Irelands "black magic" in a cocktail is not something new.

Guinness Cocktails

Two of the older Guinness Cocktails in Record are the Black Velvet and the Black and Tan. Black Velvet was first created in 1861 to mourn the passing of Britain's Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's husband). The Black and Tan was first recorded in 1889, although variations (using British stouts) appear to have been around since the 1700s.

Black Velvet

1 part Guinness
2 parts Champagne

Pour Guinness into a chilled Champagne flute. Next add the Champagne carefully - it should not mix with the Guinness, and serve.

Black and Tan

1 part lager
1 part Guinness

Half fill a pint glass or schooner with lager and then carefully pour the Guinness on the top (pouring over the back of a spoon is a great method) trying to avoid any splashing which will allow the two beers to mix.

Black and Gold

A variation of the Black and Tan

1 part Guinness
1 part cider

As with the Black and Tan you half fill your glass with cider and then carefully layer the Guinness on the top.

Guinness Shandy

1/2 pint Guinness
1/2 pint lemonade

Pour the Guinness into a pint glass and top up with the lemonade.

More Guinness Cocktails

A more modern take on the Guinness cocktail is the introduction of energy drinks, personally I do not believe that drinks such as Red Bull should be added to alcohol. I am well aware that this is a growing trend however and so I am including a recipe for Black Bull. Guinness also goes well with shots of different liqueurs and spirits.

Black Bull

1 part Guinness
1 part Red Bull

Pour a tin of Red Bull into a pint glass and top up with Guinness.

Dublin Milkshake

1 pint of Guinness
1 shot Tia Maria

The easiest way of making this drink is to pour a short pint of Guinness (a cheats way if you're with friends is to get them to take a swig out of a full pint!) add a shot of Tia Maria. This really accentuates the chocolaty overtones of Guinness - yum!

Black Custard

1 pint of Guinness
1 shot Baileys

As with the Dublin Milkshake pour a pint of Guinness slightly short of the top of the pint glass and add a shot of Baileys.

I hope you've enjoyed a few of these Guinness cocktails, I was also told recently that adding blackcurrant to Guinness was a nice touch and I must admit I'm looking forward to trying that as it sounds delicious. Let me know your favorite Guinness Cocktail below.