Hints of green during March can mean one of two things: either spring is around the corner or St. Patrick’s Day is finally here. Usually it's the latter. Because St. Patrick's Day is one of the biggest bar days of the year, bar and club owners would be remiss if they didn’t allow some of their guests to indulge in some emerald-colored drinks. On a day when everyone is Irish, your bar menu might as well be, too. Green liqueurs, absinthe, mint leaves and even the requisite Irish whiskey will make St. Patrick’s Day one for the ages.
Minty Peach Martini
Created by The Cocktail Guru Jonathan Pogash.
1½ oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. agave nectar
8-10 mint leaves
Mint sprig, for garnish
Add ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and shake very well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a mint sprig.
On the menu at Flex Mussels in New York.
2 oz. vodka
½ oz. dry vermouth
½ oz. Irish whiskey
1 lemon wheel
Pour whiskey into chilled Martini glass and swirl around to coat the inside. In a shaker, pour vodka and dry vermouth over ice and shake well. Strain into the coated Martini glass and garnish with lemon wheel.
***Photo courtesy of Joseph White***
The Blarney Stone
Courtesy of Sobieski Vodka.
2 oz. Sobieski Bizon Grass Vodka
Pour Sobieski Bizon Grass vodka into a highball glass with ice. Add apple juice. Stir and serve.
Courtesy of Russian Standard Vodka.
1½ oz. Russian Standard Vodka
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. sugar substitute
6 mint leaves
Combine the mint leaves, sugar, lime juice and vodka in a mixing glass and muddle. Add ice, shake and top off with club soda.