St. Patrick’s Day Drinks

Happy St. Patty’s Day to all! As promised, following are several drinks to help you get in the spirit tonight!

Let’s start off with the crowd pleaser…

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This is my version of the famous Irish Crush featured at Looney’s Pub. Any “crush” drink features fruit juice, especially orange juice, and this one is no different!

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add 2 ounces of Jameson whiskey, 1/2 an ounce of blue curaçao, and 4 ounces of orange juice. Shake until combined and then strain into a glass filled with ice. Fill the remainder of the glass with Sprite and serve!

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The blue color of the curaçao mixed with the orangey-yellow of the orange juice is what creates the green color. The pigmentation of the blue curaçao is really dense, so that’s why you only need 1/2 an ounce to create the green!

Looney’s Irish Crush

Yield: 1 drink

Ingredients:

2 ounces Jameson whiskey
1/2 ounce blue curaçao
4 ounces orange juice
2-3 ounces Sprite, depending on glass size

Process:

1) Fill a glass with ice and set aside.

2) In a cocktail shaker with ice, mix Jameson, blue curaçao, and orange juice. Strain into prepared glass.

3) Fill remainder of glass with Sprite and serve.

Next up are a couple of shooters that I promise won’t disappoint!

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Some shooters are vastly complicated and involve all kinds of mixing and layering, but this one and its counterpart are super easy. For the Irish Sweetie (also known as a caramel apple), just mix 1 ounce of butterscotch schnapps with 1 ounce of apple schnapps.

Its counterpart (not pictured) I refer to as “Liquid Gold.” You still start with 1 ounce of butterscotch schnapps, but then add 1 ounce of Jameson whiskey on top instead of apple schnapps.

Last but not least, for the classiest among you, my version of the famous “Apple-tini” drink.

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This one is another cocktail shaker drink. So, fill a shaker with ice and then add 2 ounces of vodka and 2 ounces of apple schnapps. Shake to combine, then strain into a martini glass. Fill the remainder with sprite (maybe 2-3 ounces) and serve!

Apple-tini

Yield: 1 drink

Ingredients:

2 ounces vodka
2 ounces apple schnapps
2-3 ounces Sprite

Process:

1) Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka and apple schnapps and shake to combine.

2) Strain into a martini glass and top with sprite. Serve immediately.

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Barbados Sunrise

The temperature is slowly creeping back up, but I’m still wishing for summer, so here’s a super-fab summer drink for you all! (Tune in on Monday for some St. Patty’s Day themed drinks!)

This is a layered drink, so it does take a tad bit of skill, but once you get the hang of it, layering is pretty simple!

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I love tropical drinks, and I especially love “sunrise” drinks, so this is like the epitome of perfection for me! Start off by mixing 1 ounce of Bacardi Rum and 3/4 ounce of blue curaçao in a small glass and set that aside. (I have little parfait glasses that work perfectly for holding 2 ounces or so of liquid.)

Fill a collins glass (or other tall glass) with ice and then pour orange juice about 2/3 of the way up. (The amount will vary, of course, based on the size of your glass, but it’ll probably be about 6-8 ounces.)  Then, slowly pour about 1/2 an ounce or so of grenadine syrup into the middle of the juice. Since it’s heavy, it will settle to the bottom.

Now comes the tricky part! Take your small glass of rum and blue curaçao and slowly pour it over the back of a spoon so it flows slowly into the glass and sits on top of the orange juice. Ta-da, that’s it! You’re done!

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Of course, all the liquor is on top, so you’ll want to stir it before drinking, but just be aware that it looks like horrible dirty dish water once it’s mixed!

Full Recipe:

Barbados Sunrise

Yield: 1 drink

Ingredients:

1 ounce Bacardi rum
3/4 ounce blue curaçao
6-8 ounces orange juice
1/2 ounce grenadine

Process:

1) In a small glass, mix rum and blue curaçao. Set aside.

2) Fill a Collins glass with ice and pour in orange juice, then slowly pour grenadine into the center so it settles to the bottom.

3) Carefully pour the rum and blue curaçao mixture over the back of a spoon so it slowly pours on top of the orange juice. It is lighter than the juice, so it should sit on top of it. Serve immediately!