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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipes – Alcoholic Drinks and Non-Alcoholic Beverages for the Irish and Irish at Heart!


St. Patrick’s Day is a special holiday meant for celebrations and socializing. Whether you plan to throw a St. Patrick’s Day party at your home or simply wish to have a special St. Patrick’s Day cocktail as a pregame or a nightcap treat, you’ve come to the right place. These St. Patrick’s Day cocktail recipes and Irish themed alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are enough to get your party going or just relax before the night comes to a close. We even suggest a number of green smoothies for the health conscious and any expecting moms.

You can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day cocktails with a green color scheme and a festive Irish theme. You can also mix Guinness beer with a few beverages to create special Guinness cocktails and alcoholic beverages for St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget to use special Irish and Celtic glassware for an even bigger impact. Consider these fun Irish cocktails and green drinks for your own St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

St. Patrick’s Day Drink Recipes Using Guinness
Many people love Guinness beer, but aside from the Irish Car Bomb, how many can say they’ve enjoyed a cocktail made with Guinness? In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, please enjoy these exciting Guinness cocktails responsibly.

“Guinness is much more versatile than many people think,” says Elizabeth Balduino, who is a representative Guinness. “As you prepare recipes for St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few great beverages to help you toast the day.”

All-Irish Black & Tan

1/2 pint Guinness Draught
1/2 pint Smithwick’s Irish Ale

From a chilled bottle, fill a clean pint glass just over halfway with Smithwick’s Ale.  Open a chilled can of Guinness Draught.  The head will rise.  Prepare to pour.  Place your Black & Tan spoon (regular spoon will also work) face down on the rim of the glass and slowly pour your newly opened Guinness Draught over it.  When the Guinness has risen to just proud of the rim, you’re ready to enjoy the distinct pleasures of The All-Irish Black & Tan.

– Recipe courtesy of Guinness

Black Velvet

5 oz chilled Guinness
1.5 oz chilled Champagne

Pour Guinness into champagne flute. Add champagne carefully, so it does not mix with Guinness, and serve.

– Recipe courtesy of Guinness

Guinness Shandy

1/2 pint Guinness
1/2 pint lemonade

Mix lemonade with Guinness in a pint glass. Serve in a beer mug.

– Recipe courtesy of Guinness

Original Half & Half

1/2 pint Guinness Draught
1/2 pint Harp Lager

From a chilled bottle, fill a clean pint glass just over halfway with Harp Lager.  Open a chilled can of Guinness Draught.  The head will rise.  Prepare to pour.  Place your Half & Half spoon (regular spoon will also work) face down on the rim of the glass and slowly pour your newly opened Guinness Draught over it.  When the Guinness has risen to just proud of the rim, you’re ready to enjoy the distinct pleasures of The Original Half & Half.

– Recipe courtesy of Guinness


Special Note:
As a special sidebar note, Guinness is petitioning Congress to make St. Patrick’s Day an official holiday. You can join the cause by signing the petition at www.proposition317.com.

Green Cocktails and Irish Beverages for St. Patrick’s Day…


Green Cocktails and Irish Beverages for St. Patrick’s Day
While Green Beer will probably never go out of style, folks are getting creative with St. Patrick’s Day and Irish themed cocktails and alcoholic beverage recipes. You can always make up your own green cocktails and St. Patrick’s Day drinks, but why not check out some successful libations from leading liquor brands?

Enjoy these Irish drink recipes and green St. Patrick’s Day cocktails on March 17, sporting the fun and festive green coloring without the food dye.

Big Green Monster

1.5 oz Oval Vodka
1 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Chartreuse
1/4 oz of lime juice
3 oz. white grape juice
Two thin lime wheels for garnish

Chill a large (7 oz)  martini glass; combine vodka, Cointreau, Chartreuse, lime juice and grape juice in a shaker filled with ice; shake vigorously; strain into chilled glass and garnish with limes.

– Recipe courtesy of Oval Vodka


Emerald Martini
1.75 ounces Finlandia
3/4 ounce Melon Liqueur
Splash of Pineapple Juice

Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

– Recipe courtesy of Finlandia

Green Fin
1 ½ ounces Finlandia
1 ounce Green apple liqueur
Green apple peel

Shake and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with green apple peel. (You can present the green cocktail in several ways.  One, thinly slice the outside of a green apple in an oval shape and float in the drink or cut a slit and hang off the glass.  Another way would be to peel the outside of a green apple and let dangle into the drink on one end and casually drape outside the glass). Pick whatever looks better to you.

– Recipe courtesy of Finlandia

Sparkling Clover Charm
1 oz Finlandia Mango Vodka
4 oz Korbel Champagne
1/2 oz melon liqueur

Stir the above and pour into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a stir stick topped with a marshmallow clover (you know, those ones found in a particular cereal box).

– Recipe courtesy of Finlandia

Green Magic
1.5 oz Finlandia Vodka
3 oz Orange Juice (no pulp)
Serve on the side 1 oz Blue Curacao

Mix in a shaker with ice the Finlandia and orange juice together, pour into either a martini glass or rocks glass with ice. Pour into the orange drink the blue Curacao and the drink turns green.

– Recipe courtesy of Finlandia

p.i.n.k. Leprechaun Martini

2 oz p.i.n.k. vodka
1.5 oz Irish cream
3/4 oz green crème de menthe

Swirl chocolate syrup inside a well-chilled martini glass. Combine ingredients over chipped ice and shake well. Strain into glass.

– Recipe courtesy of p.i.n.k. vodka

The Ginger-Pear Martini

Ingredients:
Fresh gingerroot
1 fresh lime
2 canned pear slices in heavy syrup (from 15-ounce can)*
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) syrup from can of pears
2 ounces (1/4 cup) pear-flavored vodka
Ice

Equipment:
Martini shaker or 16-ounce pint glass
Shaking tin
Strainer
Muddler
Grater

Preparation:
Do ahead: Peel skin from ginger with the side of a spoon. Finely grate enough ginger to prepare as many drinks as needed.

To make one cocktail drink: Juice lime and pour into martini shaker. Add two pear slices to the martini shaker. Add thumbnail-sized portion of ginger and muddle ingredients together. Pour syrup from canned pears into shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add vodka. Shake vigorously 10 times and strain into chilled martini glass, making sure to keep solids out of the cocktail.

Serving glass: 10-ounce martini glass (chilled)

– Recipe courtesy of Mealtime.org

Healthy, Non-alcoholic St. Patrick’s Day Beverages – Green Smoothies…


Healthy, Non-alcoholic St. Patrick’s Day Beverages – Green Smoothies
For the health conscious and expectant moms, here are a few green St. Patrick’s Day beverages that are completely non-alcoholic. Green smoothies are a fun and exciting way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and healthy living at the same time.

“Before you commit to a glass of green beer to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, consider something delicious, festive, healthy and devoid of food coloring instead: a green smoothie,” says Katie Cycan, a representative for Vita-Mix. “Green smoothies – one part green veggie, one part fruit, one part ice or water – are a great way to get a daily dose of vitamins and nutrients including calcium, iron, fiber, vitamin C, calcium, vitamin A, and protein from fresh, whole foods.

“Green smoothies also contain carotenoids that may help protect against macular degeneration and folate to guard against heart disease and cancer. The new Vita-Mix 5200, a favorite of green smoothie pros, can pulverize whole foods – seeds, stems, skin and all. By rupturing cell walls and creating more surface area, the Vita-Mix releases the full bioavailability – and flavor – of what you put in it, making it the ultimate green smoothie machine. Vita-Mix suggests experimenting with different combinations to find your favorite: kale and pear, pineapple and spinach, or broccoli and apple, to name a few.”

Vita-Mix’s Kale and Pear Smoothie

Yield: 4 cups (960 ml)
Speed: Variable to High
Time: 1 1/2 minutes

1 cup green grapes
1 (130 g) orange, peeled
1/2 Bartlett pear
1 (120 g) banana, fresh or frozen
1 cup kale
1/2 cup water
2 cups ice cubes

Place all ingredients into Vita-Mix container and secure the lid. Select VARIABLE speed #10, then to HIGH for 1.5 minutes. Turn machine off.

Serve immediately.

Vita-Mix’s Going Green Smoothie

Yield: 3.5 cups

1 cup green grapes
1/2 cup pineapple
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 cup water
1 cup ice

Place ingredients into the Vita-Mix container and secure lid. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and quickly increase to Variable 10, then to High. Blend for 60 seconds.

Vita-Mix Emerald Smoothie

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

2 cups fresh, ripe pineapple, with core (or a 2″ thick slice)
1 stalk celery (7″stalk)
1 cup spinach leaves, gently packed
4 ounces lowfat vanilla yogurt or vanilla soymilk
2 cups ice
Sweetener to taste, if pineapple is a bit tart

Place all ingredients into the wet blade container of the Vita-Mix. Turn the machine on variable speed #1 and quickly increase the speed to #10, then flip the switch up to High Speed and process for 60 seconds.

For green smoothie recipes, tips, and videos, please visit:
http://www.vitamix.com/household/health/green_smoothie.asp.

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