Whether you're actually Irish or just enjoy a good St. Patrick's Day celebration, here are eight festive cocktails to sip on as you let the luck of the Irish be with you.
1. The Black Opal: (Created by Jacques Bezuidenhout)
• 1 1/2 oz. Partida Reposado
• 1 1/2 oz. Guinness
• 1/2 oz. Tawny Port
• 1/4 oz. Agave Nectar (Cut with equal parts water)
• Dash of Angostura Bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled wine glass or small pint glass without ice. Garnish with some grated or ground cinnamon powder. (Guinness Note: Take a pint of Guinness before hand and use a bar spoon to stir it up for about 30 seconds. This removes some of the Co2.)
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Shamrock Bellini. (Courtesy Photo)
2. The Blarney Stone:
• 1 part Pinnacle
Chocolate Whipped Vodka
• 1 Dark Beer
The Blarney Stone. (Courtesy Photo)
Add shot of Pinnacle Chocolate Whipped Vodka into your beer for a true creamy taste.
3. Irishman in Hawaii:
• 2 oz. Azzurre Vodka
• 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
• .25 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
• .75 oz. Melon Liqueur
• Pineapple Slice for garnish
In a rocks glass, combine all ingredients and lightly muddle basil leaves. Top with crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice.
4. Hornitos Green Mexican:
• 1 Part Hornitos Plata Tequila
• 1 Part Midori
• 4 parts Sweet and Sour Mix
Fill a Collins glass with ice. Add Hornitos Plata Tequila and Midori, fill rest of glass with sour mix, and garnish with an orange slice.
5. Cruzan Good Luck Punch:
• 1 750ml Bottle Cruzan Strawberry Rum
• 6 parts Fresh Lime Juice
• 24 parts Ginger Ale
• 6 Rosemary Sprigs
• Rosemary Ice Blocks
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve.
6. Leprechaun's Limeade:
• 1 1/2 parts Cruz Tequila
• 1 part Fresh Lime Juice
• Lime Wedges
Muddle limes, shake, pour. Garnish with lime.
Irishman in Hawaii, Lucky March Mojito, and Cruzan Good Luck Punch. (Courtesy Photos)
The Black Opal. (Courtesy Photo)
7. Lucky March Mojito:
• 1 part Skinnygirl
• 1 part Light Rum
• 1 teaspoon Agave Nectar
• 3 parts Lime Juice
• Splash of Lime flavored Sparkling Water
• 3 sprigs of Mint
Shake rum, lime juice and agave nectar in cocktail shaker with ice. Top with Skinnygirl Prosecco and sparkling water, and pour into tall Collins glass. Muddle in mint leaves and enjoy.
8. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Shamrock Bellini:
• Flesh of one peeled Peach, as ripe as possible, or 1/4 cup Peach Nectar
• 2 oz. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Pinot Grigio, chilled
• 2 oz. Club soda, chilled
• 1 sprig Mint, for garnish
Add the peach flesh to a blender and puree until smooth. Combine the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Pinot Grigio and the club soda in a wineglass, then add the peach puree. Stir, garnish with mint, and serve.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com