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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Dirty Shirley

It is with a heavy heart that we all learned of the passing of the beloved Shirley Temple Black this morning. Even though it is not Friday and I’m in the middle of Valentine’s Week posts, I just couldn’t let the day go by without paying my own homage to her by posting a recipe for my version of the classic “Dirty Shirley” drink.

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Of course, the classic “Shirley Temple” is non-alcoholic, and was always just a simple mix of ginger-ale and grenadine. I’ve kicked it up a little and switched a thing or two, but it’s still the classic cherry-sweet drink everyone loves!

Fill a rocks glass with ice, then add 1.5 ounces of cherry vodka, 1 ounce cranberry juice, and 1/2 ounce grenadine. Stir to combine. Fill the rest of the glass with Sprite (or another clear soda of choice) and serve. If you’re making more than one, you can also combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker to make it easier!

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Full Recipe:

Dirty Shirley Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

1.5 oz cherry vodka
1 oz. cranberry juice
1/2 oz. grenadine
4 oz. (about) of Sprite

Process:

1) Fill a rocks glass with ice and add vodka, cranberry juice, and grenadine. Stir to combine.

2) Fill remainder of glass with Sprite and serve immediately.

*Super Bowl Week* AFC/NFC Champion Cocktails

The big day is almost here, and we all know it’s not a Super Bowl party without some good old fashioned alcohol. Feel free to supplement these cocktails with a 12-pack of your favorite beer, but these two team-color-themed drinks are sure to get your head a-buzzing no matter which team you’re rooting for!

Unfortunately, my team didn’t make it this year, so I’m not really rooting for either one of these teams to win – I’m mainly watching the game for the commercials and won’t care who wins one way or the other – but I know plenty of folks out there are ready to see their team hoist that trophy, so I’ve put together drinks for either team’s supporters!

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As I said, I really don’t have a preference for who wins, so no judging me based on which recipe comes first! I decided that since my preferred team is in the AFC with the Broncos, I’ll start with the Bronco’s cocktail, which is a great spin on the tried-and-true tropical Rum Punch.

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In a large pitcher, combine 2 cups Barcardi rum, 1 cup triple sec, and 1/4 cup grenadine syrup. Stir to combine, then add 5 cups of orange juice. Chill until ready to serve, and then pour over ice in punch cups or sangria glasses.

If you’re looking to only make one:

Fill a glass with ice. Add 2 oz Bacardi rum, 1 oz triple sec, and 1/4 ounce grenadine syrup. Allow the grenadine to settle, and then fill the glass with orange juice. Stir and enjoy!

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If you’re a fan of tropical drinks, you’ll definitely love the Bronco’s cocktail!

If you’re more of a vodka lover and like a drink with a bite, then the Seahawks drink is definitely your speed! This cocktail is a spin off of an apple-tini.

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Begin by combining in a pitcher: 2 cups vodka, 2 cups sour apple schnapps, and 1/2 cup blue curaçao. Stir this to combine and chill until ready to serve. When serving, pour into ice-filled glasses until half full, and then fill the rest with Sprite or another clear, citrus-based soda. Don’t stir too much so you don’t make all the carbonation disappear!

If you’re only making one:

Fill a glass with ice. Add 2 oz vodka, 2 oz sour apple schnapps, and 1/2 oz blue curaçao. Fill the rest of the glass with Sprite, stir lightly, and enjoy!

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Full Recipes:

Broncos Bacardi Punch

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups Barcardi
1 cup triple sec
1/4 cup grenadine syrup
5 cups orange juice

Process:

1) In a large pitcher, add Barcardi, triple sec, and grenadine. Stir to combine.

2) Add 5 cups of orange juice, then chill until ready to serve.

Seahawks Sparkling Martini

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups vodka
2 cups sour apple schnapps
1/2 cup blue curaçao
4 cups Sprite or other clear soda

Process:

1) In a pitcher, add vodka, apple schnapps, and blue curaçao. Stir to combine.

2) When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice and pour liquor mixture until glass is half full. Fill the rest of each glass with Sprite and serve!