While it might be easier to grab a cold pint in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we suggest you consider getting a bit more into the holiday spirit with a green cocktail…or three. Read on for a selection of Key Lime Pie Martini, a tart Midori Sour, and a minty Alexander’s Sister.
Key Lime Pie Martini
This recipe comes from my parents, who probably drink more martinis than James Bond. After they tried a similar key lime pie cocktail at a bar, they quickly whipped up an at-home version that’s truly, er, a piece of cake.
- Crushed graham crackers
- 2 oz. vanilla vodka
- ½ oz. triple sec
- 2 ½ oz. pineapple juice
- Capful of Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice
- Lime wedge
- Rim a chilled cocktail glass with finely crushed graham crackers
- Pour the vodka, triple sec, pineapple juice, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake well and strain into glass. Serve with a lime wedge
For those of you who aren’t fans of typical sour-based cocktails, consider this twist instead. It substitutes vodka or whiskey for the sweeter, melon-y Midori, which is balanced perfectly by a bit of lemon juice.
- 1 ½ oz. Midori
- 2 oz. sweet and sour mix (or make your own!)
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- Splash of lemon-lime soda
- Maraschino cherry
- Pour the Midori, sweet and sour mix, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake well and strain over ice in a cocktail glass. Serve with a splash of lemon-lime soda and a cherry
A sibling to the classic Alexander cocktail, this creamy drink is smooth and refreshing—the perfect after-dinner mint.
- 1 oz. gin
- 1 oz. green crème de menthe
- 1 oz. cream
- Grated nutmeg
- Pour gin, green crème de menthe, and cream into a cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. Serve with grated fresh nutmeg.
(Photo: The Crafty Hostess)