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…
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!
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
2 ounces Jameson whiskey
1/2 ounce blue curaçao
4 ounces orange juice
2-3 ounces Sprite, depending on glass size
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!
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.
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!
Yield: 1 drink
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces apple schnapps
2-3 ounces Sprite
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.