When St. Patrick’s Day themed cocktails come to mind most of us think of Irish coffee or green colored mystery-cocktails that taste like mouthwash. I’m going to let you all in on a little secret as long as you promise not to tell anyone: you do not need to use nasty flavored liquors or mixes to make green cocktails. You can green it up on your own with a tiny bottle of food coloring from the grocery store. (Let’s just keep this little secret between you and me, ok?)
Now you are saying to yourself, “Holy Hannah, Holly! This is truly life changing information. You mean I no longer have to suck down Creme de Menthe or glow-in-the-dark appletini mix to enjoy a green colored bevy?” No, you don’t, and as for why anyone has ever subjected themselves to a toothpaste-tini is beyond me. If I’m craving a green apple Jolly Rancher, well I’m going to have a Jolly Rancher, not some crapped up cocktail with enough sugar to send me in to a diabetic coma. Now please pass the whiskey!
I feel whiskey is one of those drinks that doesn’t need or want too much company. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and as I write this remotely from my home state of Michigan where I out ran a twister yesterday (wow, did I pick the wrong week to give up whiskey), I have created a slight “twist” on a traditional whiskey sour.
Here is how you mix it up:
- One shot of Irish whiskey
- 2-3 shots of Lemon soda
- Lime or lemon
- Green food coloring (optional)
In a rocks glass, pour in whiskey and lemon then add a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon–add both it you are feeling lucky! Garnish with a strip of lime zest and if you feel the need to go completely green, add a drop of green food coloring.
Set of four green glasses-$32
Available at Edge Mid Century Designs
Lemon soda available at Whole Foods
NOW ALL IT NEEDS IS A GREEENISH NAME!