Going Green

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 MartiniMinty 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.

Irish Martini Irish Martini
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 StoneBlarney Stone
Courtesy of Sobieski Vodka.

2 oz. Sobieski Bizon Grass Vodka
Apple juice

Pour Sobieski Bizon Grass vodka into a highball glass with ice. Add apple juice. Stir and serve.

Minty ManMinty Man
Courtesy of Russian Standard Vodka.

1½ oz. Russian Standard Vodka
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. sugar substitute
6 mint leaves
Club soda

Combine the mint leaves, sugar, lime juice and vodka in a mixing glass and muddle. Add ice, shake and top off with club soda.

Mexican Leprechaun

Mexican Leprechaun
Courtesy of Skyy Spirits.

2 oz. Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila 

½ oz. Rose’s lime juice
Ginger ale

1 lemon wedge, for garnish

Pour Cabo Wabo Tequila and lime juice into a mixing glass half-filled with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a lemon wedge.

The Irish Happy Ending
Courtesy of TY KU Liqueur

2 oz. TY KU Liqueur
1 oz. Irish whiskey

Mix ingredients together and serve on the rocks.

Midori Cosmopolitan
Courtesy of Midori.

1 oz. Midori
1 oz. lemon-flavored vodka
1 oz. cranberry juice
½ oz. lemon juice
Raspberries, for garnish

Shake ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain into a glass, and garnish with raspberries.

Irish Apple Sour Irish Apple Sour
Courtesy of Hiram Walker.

1 part Jameson Irish Whisky
1½ parts Hiram Walker Sour Apple Schnapps
5 parts ginger ale
Lemon wedge, for garnish

Serve over ice in tall glass, garnish with lemon wedge.