No matter you are hosting a party this St.Patrick’s Day or not, you definitely have tons of options how to bring the mood in. For sure one of the essential ingredients for the celebration is the combination between St.Patrick’s Day drinks and food.
I might bravely say that although the idea behind this holiday is far superior, St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration that is obviously made for eating and drinking (well, constantly for drinking beer)! Here you’ll find good and tasted ideas for St.Patrick’s Day drinks & food.
You might likewise desire to consist of conventional Irish dishes such as corned beef and cabbage or a hearty stew. If those foods simply aren’t your taste – simply go with party favors that are currently green such as guacamole, green salsa Verde, and spinach dip. Chicken Chile Verde is also a good choice for its green color and lime, as well as pasta salad from green (spinach) noodles or a great big salad with chicken and Green Goddess salad dressing.
Here’s the Jamie Oliver YouTube channel’s video that shows how to prepare the original Irish stew – it looks so so delicious…
One of the fastest and easiest guacamole recipes to me is this one (with all the chopping it takes about 40 minutes altogether, but if you have a proper chopper- probably less). You need 2 avocados [mashed], 1 small onion [finely chopped], 1 clove garlic [minced], 1 ripe tomato [chopped], 1 lime [juiced], salt and pepper to taste. That’s super easy to make because you only need (except for the chopping and mashing) to mix everything in a bowl. Chill for half an hour to blend flavors and then serve with tortilla chips.
You can always make some fun cookie and muffins decorated with leprechauns and shamrocks or whatever you associate with the holiday, using some of these super cute ideas.
When talking about drinks, you can easily prepare your green beverages with food coloring. I am mainly talking about the green beer, which is most common for the feast. Start with food coloring by adding 3 drops of green food coloring for each bottle of beer. Note that you better use lager beer (the light one) as using a dark beer (like Guinness) will require too much food coloring which may change the flavor of the beer, or not even color the beer at all. Add the food coloring to the bottom of an empty glass – this will let the beer mix better with the coloring. Of course you can always adjust some more color by adding more dye. If the green coloring is already out of stock, you can also use blue. Remember from the early childhood painting classes that blue and yellow make green? Yes, it’s true. But be sure to test a drop of blue in a little of the beer to see the result before spoiling all the drink. (this is really useful for all the green cocktails)
For the end of the night, you can take some fancy Irish coffees (you know, coffee with whiskey and whipped cream- yummy!) And don’t forget the kids – make a green lemonade or simply add some mint syrup in the Sprite / 7 Up. It’s gorgeous!
Of course, we know that Guinness is the hit of the night, but if you are a non-beer drinker, we’ve got some cocktails that will certainly put you in St.Patrick’s day party mood – of course, all green! So you can get an extra dose of Irish luck with some of my favorite green cocktails (such as green apple vodka martinis or green mojito). The good news is that preparing a cocktail is so easy task – you only need a shaker (or a big empty thermos), some spirits, and that’s it! Here are the 10 recipes which I am personally fond of, so you can pick your poison for the night and CHEERS!
1) Green Dragon
Products for 1 serving:
30 ml. vodka
30 ml. mint liqueur
2 tablespoons crushed ice
Preparation for 5 minutes: Pour the vodka (30 ml.) and the peppermint liqueur (30 ml.) in a shot glass. Then chock-filled with crushed ice. Decorate (inside the cocktail as shown on the image) with the cocktail cherries.
2) Aqua Marina
The products for 1 serving are:
30 ml. vodka
20 ml. mint liqueur
15 ml. lime juice
120 ml. champagne
The 5 minute (or maybe less) preparation is: Mix the vodka, mint and lemon juice in a shaker. Then pour the liquid into a thin and tall glass of champagne. Top up with the champagne and serve.
3) Irish Julep
3 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz. Simple Sugar Syrup
1 oz. Water
½ oz. Crème de Menthe or 10-15 fresh mint leaves
3 sprig(s) Mint for decoration
So easy – add all ingredients into a highball glass (or shaker) filled with crushed ice, pour into tall glasses and garnish with a mint sprig.
* 1 oz is approximately 30 ml.
4) Lunar Leprechaun ( recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist)
1-1/2 measure Tequila
1 measure Melon Liqueur (to escape from the mint flavor)
1/2 measure Triple Sec
1 measure Fresh Lime Juice
Lime Wheel Garnish
Build in a traditional margarita glass over ice or in a tall decorative glass over ice. Use the lime to garnish. It’s option to salted the rim. And if you drink too many of these, no wonder seeing leprechauns all around you.
5) Green Apple Martini
Ingredients for 1 serving (via www.tasteofhome.com)
- Ice cubes
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1-1/2 ounces sour apple liqueur
- 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Green apple slice for garnishing
Fill ¾ of the shaker with ice. Add the vodka, apple liqueur, and the lemon juice. Cover and shake for 10-15 seconds or until condensation forms on the outside of shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
6) Green Tea Mojito by Clinton Kelly
- 4 limes, juiced
- 1 cup mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 2 cups strongly brewed green tea, chilled
- 1 1/2 cups white rum
- 2 cups club soda
- 4 cups ice (plus more)
In pitchers, add the lime juice, simple syrup, mint and muddle with the end of a wooden spoon. Add the chilled green tea, white rum, club soda and ice. Stir to combine. Serve in a tall glass, with more ice if necessary, and garnish with mint leaves. Of course if you don’t have time to make simple syrup, muddle mint and a few tablespoons of sugar together.
7) Green Devil
2 oz Malibu Rum
1 oz Blue Curaçao
7 oz Orange Juice
First you put ice in a tall glass. Then pour the blue curaçao and the malibu in the glass. Fill up with orange juice, you stir and voila! Because of mixing blue and orange, the drink should get a light green color. It is a refreshing tropical fruit drink and I hope you enjoy as much as I do!
8) Shamrocker via LAVO Las Vegas
Shot of Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey
½ oz. Crème de Menthe
2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend on medium, and pour into a martini glass.
9) The Hulk
Ingredients for 2 servings
2 oz Vodka
1 1⁄2 oz Banana Liqueur
1 1⁄2 oz Blue Curaçao
1 cup Sprite
Prepare in a shaker and a Collins glass. Combine vodka, blue curacao, and banana into a shaker filled with ice. Shake for at least 10 seconds and then pour halfway into Collins glass filled with ice. Top up with Sprite and garnish with 2 maraschino cherries. (recipe brought to you thanks to http://mybestcocktails.com)
For the full version of the cocktail you need:
Cognac – 15 ml
Cointreau – 15 ml
grapefruit juice – 15 ml
soda pop or Sprite
Mint – 2 tbsp Creme de Menthe
Combine first 3 ingredients together with ice in a shaker. Shake well. Pour the mixture into chilled glass Collins and top up with the soda or Sprite. Add the mint and serve with cocktail stirrer.
Or you can always make the simple version, which is actually my most favorite for the fresh taste and summer mood inspiration. You only mix the mint syrup, the grapefruit juice, and just a little bit Sprite or soda pop. Mmmmmm I love it!
Which are your favorite S.Patrick’s Day drinks? Which are your most lovely green cocktails?
I’ll be happy to share with me!
Don’t forget that food & drinks are only one part of the St.Partick’s Day celebration. Get more funny ideas about how to celebrate – simple and easy to do.