St. Patrick's Day cocktails, inspired by pop culture
Want to raise a glass to the Emerald Isle but not sure what to fill it with?
From classy — like, Real Housewives classy — cocktails to the tried-and-true green beer, learn how to mix up St. Patrick’s Day libations inspired by Ted, Duck Dynasty, Rizzoli & Isles and more.
Bethenny Frankel cashed in — and escaped from Housewives hell — with her line of Skinnygirl Cocktails.
The Skinnygirl St. Peppermint Patty’s Vojito
7 mint leaves
1 lime wedge
1.5 oz. Skinnygirl Cucumber vodka
3 oz. soda water
1 chocolate covered peppermint candy
Directions: Squeeze lime wedge into glass, muddle lime wedge with mint leaves and vodka. Add ice and top with soda water. Garnish with chocolate covered peppermint candy.
Though he’s on hiatus from The Voice, Cee-Lo Green is staying busy as co-owner and spokesperson for this lo-calorie liqueur line.
The Luck of Ceelo Green
1/2 oz. TY KU Citrus liqueur
1/2 oz. premium tequila
Directions: Combine ingredients in a shot glass.
Justified‘s Raylan Givens is a Kentucky native and a total badass, so after a day of dispensing his own brand of justice, once would assume he unwinds with a shot of Maker’s Mark.
The Bourbon Tarragon Cooler
2 parts Serrano infused Maker’s Mark*
1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
1Ž2 part agave syrup
Pinch of salt
1 cup ice
4 sprigs tarragon
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until the ice is pureed. Serve in a martini glass with a garnish of lime.
*Ingredients for Serrano Infused Maker’s Mark:
2 cups Maker’s Mark
1 piece Serrano pepper, cut in half and de-seeded
Combine the pepper and Maker’s Mark in an airtight container and allow it to macerate for at least 2 days. Store in the fridge and shake container gently twice a day.
In 2012, Barrymore, who is the voice of two Family Guy characters, released a signature Pinot Grigio “in honor of her family.”
Drew Barrymore’s Emerald Isle
2 oz. Barrymore Pinot Grigio
4 chunks of cucumber
5 mint Leaves
3/4 oz. Lime juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. soda water
Directions: In a shaker, add cucumber with mint leaves and muddle. Fill shaker with ice, add lime juice, simple syrup, and Barrymore Pinot Grigio. Shake vigorously. Strain over a rocks glass with ice and garnish with 3 mint sprigs and a cucumber slice.
For those who like their cocktail to come with a little nosh.
The Lucky LeSutra
1 oz. LeSutra Blueberry Sparkling liqueur
1 oz. LeSutra Peach Sparkling liqueur
3/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
5 mint leaves
Directions: Muddle 4 mint leaves with liqueurs and lime juice. Serve over ice in a highball glass and garnish with mint leaf and blueberries
A little sour (like Rizzoli), a little sweet (like Isles).
The Minty Martini
11/2 oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1 tsp. agave nectar
10 mint leaves
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a mint sprig.
The story behind Netflix political drama House of Cards is based on both Macbeth and Richard III.
1/2 oz. Disaronno liqueur
1 oz. Tennessee whiskey
1/2 oz. Blue curaçao
1 oz. Sweet and Sour mix
Directions: Shake with ice and strain into a martini cocktail glass. Garnish with lime slice.
There’s nothing Duck Dynasty‘s Uncle Si likes better than a glass of iced tea.
Spiked Green Iced Tea
1 Numi Decaf Ginger Lemon tea bag
3 oz. fresh cucumber juice
1 1/2 oz. tequila
Splash of lemon juice
Directions: Infuse one tea bag in tequila for thirty minutes. Remove tea bag, squeezing out excess liquid. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Serve on the rocks and garnish with a slice of lime.
Next: If you’re a fan of Ted
All you need is a sixer, some green food coloring, and a BFF like Ted, and you’ve got the makings of a wicked pahty.
Blue Collar Green Beer
12 oz. bottle Harp Irish lager
6-12 drops green food coloring
Directions: Add 6 drops of food coloring to the bottom of a mug or pilsner glass. Slowly pour beer into glass (holding it an angle to avoid excessive foam). Gently stir to combine ingredients. Adjust the color by adding more food coloring.