March is here - the wonderful month of the year where the temperature begins to cool. But rather than the weather creating a cool blue, March is the time of the year where everything turns green - for St Patrick’s Day that is!
And this St Paddy’s Day we’ve got some delicious green cocktail recipes to help you celebrate this leprechaun-filled event. Because if you can’t wear green, and listen to the fiddle while having a few drinks on St Patrick’s Day, when can you do it?
While for some it’s the Guinness that makes St. Paddy’s Day, in the Emerald Isle there are many other options when raising your glass.
Irish cream, gin, poitin, stout, whiskey and of course the ever-popular Irish Red Ale are the favourites too. And when thinking outside of the box, you can certainly skip the black stuff and get into the spirit with some green matcha tea.
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Bright green is a desirable colour for a Paddy’s Day cocktail and for this recipe, simply mix your matcha green tea into your drink. With the health benefits matcha brings, it’s the perfect tipple if you are searching for a healthy option to celebrate with.
The ingredients for this tasty cocktail are below, and for the full recipe go here!
The I Dream of Greenie mix from the Spirit of Cocktails & Culture Supercall is a delightful blend of avocado, lime juice, green agave mezcal and matcha green tea. One sip and you will taste the complexity of this lovely drink - a mix of citrus and fruits with a velvety finish.
You can find the ingredients for the I Dream of Greenie cocktail below and the full method here.
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If you are after a smooth, frothy drink with a hint of bitter, then a Pisco Sour from the Spirit of Cocktails & Culture Supercall is the answer. Pisco Sour is a very compatible flavour when mixed with matcha green tea, as not only does it highlight the umami of matcha, but it also enhances its vital green color.
And here’s an extra tip - if you want the vibrant green color to pop in this cocktail, make sure the matcha syrup is extra fresh and be careful not to overheat the matcha, remembering it is more delicate than other tea leaves. You can check out the full recipe for this Matcha Pisco Sour here.
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Most people love the refreshing taste of gin and lime juice, but what about a delicious Matcha Green Tea Gimlet?
This ain't your ordinary gimlet (gin and lime cocktail). This drink is the perfect balance of grassy matcha with citrusy lime juice and a sweet touch of the homemade syrup. For best results, use only good quality London dry gin, like Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire.
Check out the full recipe here.
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If you’re simply after a gin and tonic this St Patrick’s Day, why not give your traditional drink a green twist with added matcha? The cocktail brings together the earthly flavour of matcha, mixed with fresh cucumbers and limes, and finished off with a splash of Hendrick’s gin.
It’s a simple cocktail recipe but makes for a deliciously cold and refreshing treat. So if you need a last minute drink idea for your St. Paddy’s Day party, look no further.
Garnish: Cucumber and a sprig of fresh mint
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Another cocktail for gin lovers is this Green Monk from One Martini. The drink is a beautiful mix of gin, fresh Meyer lemon juice and homemade ginger honey syrup, topped off with the vibrant green of matcha tea.
Once you have everything you need, check out how to mix this cocktail.
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If you’re on a booze break during St. Patrick’s Day, don’t miss out on the fun with this virgin matcha cocktail. This little mocktail will be a toast to your health and is the perfect alcohol-free way to celebrate St Paddy’s Day.
With its grassy and bittersweet flavour, this matcha cooler from Liquor is the one to try.
Following are the ingredients and you can click for the full recipe here.
So have you decided which cocktail you want to try? We don’t blame you if you’re tempted by them all! These green matcha cocktails will definitely add a pop of green to your St Paddy’s Day.
Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dui!
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