By Melissa Pette
Published Friday, March 5, 2021
Before drinking these two green spirits and start seeing leprechauns jumping around, I would like to give you a tip to make a different version of last week's Appealing Orange Liqueur recipe.
Dear reader Jim Zelenka, says that we can use tangerines instead of oranges, and drop two of the ingredients (cinnamon and vanilla), then place the liquor in the freezer before serving and Ecco! You just made Italy’s famous drink, "Limoncello."
The recipe posted last week is more of a British version of the same drink and was shared by Sarah Allison from Fort William, Scottish Highlands, UK.
More delightfully appetizing recipes can be found on the AM Costa Rica Food page.
Let's get back to the greenest celebration of the year, and in case some readers who are not Irish, U.S. citizens or British, every March 17 we celebrate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture in most countries with a presence of American or Irish communities celebrating with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green!.
Some residents may be missing the green beer and wet t-shirt contests at the Irish Pubs or the Chicago River turning green. But, from my completely sober point of view (while I'm writing this article), I'm sure that no one is missing the 39 degrees Fahrenheit in London or even more homey 30 degrees Fahrenheit in Illinois.
While we are enjoying a cozy 65 degrees Fahrenheit in Costa Rica, we are going to make a couple of popular very green cocktails.
Today's recipes are by Courtney Whitmore. I'm not talking about the fictional superhero in American comic books published by DC Comics, Stargirl.
Whitmore is the editor of the Pizzazzerie party food blog and has written several cookbooks. I have prepared many of her recipes myself and I think you will also love the fan favorites.
So let's go to the bar!
St. Patrick’s Shamrock Sour Cocktail
By Courtney Whitmore
I've been getting into the green spirit for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday with this delicious cocktail! A twist on the classic whiskey sour, this shamrock sour is the perfect drink for the occasion!
Yes, green beer might be the norm for this Irish celebration, but my Shamrock Sour is so good that I'm sure it will quickly become your favorite St. Paddy’s day beverage.
I decided to put an Irish twist on one of my favorite cocktails, the whiskey sour. Combine that idea with your favorite Irish whiskey and now we're talking!
Of course, I gave it a bit more focus on lime for the green garnish and a little droplet of green food coloring because your cocktail must be green on St. Patrick’s Day!
If you prefer amaretto sours, you can certainly apply the recipe below for amaretto liquor as well.
Shamrock Sour ingredients are:
• 2 tablespoons of lime juice
• 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice
• 1/4 cup of simple syrup
• 2 ounces of Irish whiskey (you can choose your favorite whiskey)
• 1 tiny drop of green food coloring
• lime wedges for garnish
I decided to give mine even more of the St. Patrick’s Day touch by making easy DIY shamrock stirrers. These can hardly be called a DIY, however, because they're that easy.
Visit your craft store and grab some craft shamrocks (felt, paper or anything you can find will work) and bamboo skewers. Glue the shamrocks onto the skewers and ta-da: St. Patrick’s Day drink stirrers! If you have extra, shorten them and use them for appetizers or cupcake toppers.
The green drink. Combine ingredients and shake well; strain over ice.
Garnish with a lime wedge and a shamrock stirrer.
To avoid your drink becoming too green, you can dab an extra wooden skewer into the green food coloring and then stir that into your drink to better control the amount of color.
Serve up a tray of these Shamrock Sours at your St. Patrick’s Day party, and trust me, your guests will love them. They’re the perfect blend of sour and sweet. Cheers!
St. Patrick’s Day Mojito
This mojito reminds me of my favorite childhood party punch made with lime sherbet. It’s creamy and full of lemon-lime flavor. This adult version is even more fabulous (wink wink).
You can garnish yours with golden stir sticks (it is St. Patrick’s Day after all) or a few extra slices of limes and mint leaves!
You can give it a lemon twist by using a can of frozen lemonade or a strawberry twist with a can of strawberry margarita mixer.
It’s the sherbet that really gives it that creamy flavor so as long as you use at least a pint of sherbet, it’ll be fabulous!
Yields 1 large punch bowl (or 2 pitchers) worth of mojito sherbet punch.
Mojito ingredients are:
• 1 handful or 1 cup of mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
• 4 cups of club soda
• 1 can of frozen margarita mix
• 1 can of frozen limeade mix
• 1 pint of lime sherbet
• 1 bottle of 750 ml white rum
• 4-5 sliced limes
First, muddle mint together with 1 cup club soda.
Combine with additional club soda (3 cups), frozen margarita mix, frozen limeade mix, lime sherbet, and white rum.
Stir together and add ice to keep chilled.
Garnish with sliced limes and mint leaves. Cheers!
Before finishing this article, sorry if I sound like a broken record thanking readers for writing. But yes, thank you so much! And don't forget to share your recipes and photos by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Salud and Pura Vida!