Seasonal Spotlight - Going "Green" For St. Patty's Day

Let's face it - it is difficult to construct 'green' cocktails for Leprechaun Day...There just aren't a lot of options to make your cocktail look 'green', but what is St. Patty's Day without sipping a luxurious and delicious 'green' cocktail...March is the gateway to spring cocktails so why not incorporate some 'spring' flavors with 'end of winter' flavors...Being part Irish (on my dad's side), I take a lot of pride in creating this post.

Sure, we can talk about 'green' beer, shots of Jameson's, and Irish coffees, but instead, let's focus on cocktails and the use of Irish spirits and cordials. This is essentially a seasonal cocktail-based post so don't expect to read much commentary on the history of St. Patty's Day and all the commercial stuff that goes with the holiday.

Live on the edge and try a good ole Irish old-fashioned with Irish whiskey. Contrary to popular belief, Irish whiskey isn’t good only in shots, picklebacks, or the traditional and tragically named Car Bomb - it also makes a fine cocktail. The typically smooth and incredibly drinkable whiskey is one of the most popular spirits on the planet and can be served all year long.

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, skip the shamrocks and clovers, and go green with my friends at Prairie Organic Spirits! You'll be feeling lucky with these tasty cocktails made from single vintage organic corn grown on the Minnesota prairie.

Prairie Organic Spirits offers certified organic vodka, cucumber-flavored organic vodka and organic gin that are made with respect from seed to glass. Each bottle of Prairie Organic Spirits provides an elevated cocktail experience.


Jack Rose

  • 1 oz Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Calvados or Laird's Applejack Brandy
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine
  • Garnish llime
  • Cocktail glass or coupe

​Prep - Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.


Irish Maid

  • 2- 1/4 inch slices cucumber
  • 2 oz Jamesons Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • Garnish cucumber slice
  • Rocks glass

​Prep - In a shaker, muddle the cucumber slices. Add remaining ingredients and fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, and fine-strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cucumber slice.


Irish Derby

  • ​1.5 oz Irish whiskey, such as Redbreast or Teeling's 
  • 1.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • Garnish lime
  • Chilled Cocktail glass

​Prep - Add whiskey, sweet vermouth, cointreau, lime juice, and bitters to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime twist. ​


​Kilbeggan Secret Sour

  • 1.5 oz Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • 1.5 oz Club soda
  • 1 dash Orange bitters
  • Garnish lemon twist
  • Collins glass

Prep - Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.


Cheers, Michael





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