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Grown-Up Drinks for St. Patrick’s Day

Ditch the green beer and try these four festive beverages


Green beer may make you nostalgic for your college days, but do you really want to sip it now that you’re older?

As Irish luck would have it, we’ve found St. Patrick’s Day drink recipes, some with alcohol and some without, that are festive but won’t turn your tongue (very) green.

Try them with this Irish toast: “May the roof above us never fall in, and may the friends gathered below it never fall out.”

Cheers!

Leprechaun Coolers

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Country Time lemonade powder
  • 1 package lemon-lime Kool-Aid
  • 1 package mixed berry Kool-Aid
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 quarts water

Instructions
1. Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir
2. To serve, add sugar to the rim of cup: Use a lime wedge or water to wet the rim, dip in a shallow plate of sugar, then add beverage

(Recipe from Around My Family Table)

Four Leaf Clover

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces Purity vodka (or vodka of your choice)
  • 1 ounce water
  • 1/2 ounce green chartreuse

Instructions
1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir until ice cold
2. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lime zest stamped into the shape of a shamrock

(Recipe from Purity Vodka)

Emerald Isle Mimosa

Ingredients
Cocktail

  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Curacao liqueur
  • Sparkling wine

Mocktail

  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 pump of Amoretti Premium Curacao Syrup
  • 1 pump of Amoretti Premium Champagne Syrup
  • Sparkling water

Instructions
(For the Emerald Isle Mimosa cocktail)
1. Pour 6 ounces orange juice into wine glasses
2. Add 1 1/2 ounces Curacao liqueur
3. Fill the glass with sparkling wine

(For the Emerald Isle Mimosa mocktail)
1. Pour 6 ounces orange juice into wine glasses
2. Add 1 1/2 ounces Amoretti Premium Curacao Syrup and 1 1/2 ounces Amoretti Premium Champagne Syrup
3. Fill the glass with sparkling water

(Recipe from Amoretti)

Grasshopper Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce green creme de menthe
  • 1 ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1 to 2 ounces cream
  • Mint leaves or chocolate shavings, to garnish

Instructions
1. Combine the three liquid ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker
2. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds
3. Strain into a chilled cocktail or martini glass
4. Top with mint leaves or chocolate shavings

(Recipe from The Five O’Clock Cocktail Blog)

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