6 Cocktails that’ll Shake Your Shamrocks this St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick's Day Cocktails 2011It’s almost Saint Patrick’ Day and as usual, we have a couple of burning questions on our minds here at Madtini:

  • If you drink enough green beer, will it your pee turn green?
  • Is it true that Jennifer Aniston starred in the first Leprechaun movie?
  • Are there really two pots of gold at the end of a Double Rainbow?

The answers are: no, yes and we friggin’ well hope so.

When we are not asking ourselves the big questions, we are out finding great cocktails to try and share with you. Here are 6 cocktail recipes that the Madtini team have brought together for you this year.

Sláinte! Have yourself a great St. Patrick’s Day!

1. Irish Canadian Old Fashioned

Irish Canadian Old Fashioned Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Jameson
  • tsp maple syrup
  • 3-4 dashes of bitters
  • juice from half a lemon
  • twist or orange

Preparation
Combine the maple syrup and bitters in the bottom of a mixing glass, stir until well combined. Fill 2/3 of the glass with ice, then squeeze the lemon over the ice. Pour in Jameson and garnish with a twist or orange.

2. Irish Dreamsicle

Irish DreamsicleIngredients

  • 1 oz Jameson
  • 1/2 oz peach schnapps
  • 1/2 oz Bailey’s
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • orange slice

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry.

Adapted from a recipe at The Province.

3. Irish Manhattan

Irish Manhattan Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Jameson
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 can Guinness
  • Maraschino cherry

Preparation
Combine the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters to a mixing glass.  Fill the glass 2/3 of the way full with ice. Stir for15-20 seconds, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Pour a can of Guinness into a tall glass and allow to settle. Gently scoop all the light foam from the top of the Guinness and place it on top of the drink. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

4. Port O’Call Cocktail

Port O' CallIngredients

  • 1 oz Guinness
  • 1 1/4 oz Cognac
  • 1/2 oz St-Germain
  • 1/4 oz crème de cacao
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange zest, for garnish

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of orange.

Adapted from Bon Appetit.

5. Irish Milkshake

Irish Milkshake Ingredients

  • 3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 3 oz Guinness
  • 1 oz Jameson
  • Chocolate syrup

Ingredients
Combine Guinness, Jameson and ice cream in the best blender you have, until well mixed together. Drizzle the inside of a chilled glass with the chocolate syrup, then pour in the ice cream mixture. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Adapted from the menu at 25 Degrees in Hollywood.

6. Leprachaun’s Buttery Nipple

Leprachaun's Buttery Nipple Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Bailey’s
  • 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • 1/2 oz creme de menthe

Ingredients
Layer in the creme de menthe, butterscotch schnapps and Bailey’s into a chilled shot glass.

Adapted from the menu at 25 Degrees in Hollywood.

Bonus: Irish Mojito

Irish Mojito
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz rum
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • juice of half a lime
  • juice of quarter of a lemon
  • splash of club soda
  • splash of creme de menthe
  • lime wedge

Ingredients
Muddle the juice of half a lime and mint leaves in a mixing glass. Add the rum, sugar and lemon juice. Add ice and shake the contents. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a splash of club soda, then drizzle creme de menthe so that it settles in the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Adapted from an awesome post at RecipeGirl.com.

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