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I'll Drink to That

If you are not a green beer drinker and prefer to be a gentlewoman on St.Patrick's Day, I have some cocktails for you. When I lived in Northern Ireland I was told that only Catholics celebrate St.Patrick's Day.  I still went into Belfast and celebrated with live music at a pub.  I'm not religious but I love all colours and shades of my troubled Northern Irish roots.

My time there opened up my eyes to my heritage and the strong, loving people I share a blood line with.  The weather was cold and damp but there was always a hot kettle and a warm hug waiting behind any door you knocked on.  I have never met such generous, open hearted, inviting people in my life.

The Irish are proud, melancholic, lovers of music, word, and drink.  But most importantly they have huge fighting hearts that put family and friends before all else.

I'll drink to that.

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Here are three delicious, green hued cocktails to help you celebrate:

South Side Cocktail

This vintage cocktail is said to have originated at New York's Twenty-One Club. A long version served over crushed ice is said to have come from the southside of Chicago during Prohibition where it was drunk by the Southside mobsters, while on the other side of town hoodlums enjoyed the Northside (gin and ginger ale).  It's a bit like a gin mojito. Absolutely delicious.

  • 7 fresh Mint leaves
  • 2 shots dry gin
  • 1 shot Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ shot Cane sugar syrup
  • Garnish: Mint leaf
  1. SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

Gimlet

The gimlet is a cocktail made of gin and lime juice. A 1928 description of the drink was: "gin, a spot of lime, and soda" (D. B. Wesson, I'll Never be Cured III). A 1953 description was: "a real gimlet is half gin and half Rose's lime juice and nothing else" (Terry Lennox in Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye).  It's dangerously easy to make at home.

•2 oz gin •1 3/4 oz Rose's lime juice or other lime cordial

1.Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes. 2.Stir well. 3.Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Last Word

This prohibition cocktail is true to it's name.  Somehow this blend of pure booze makes one of the most delicious drinks to ever pass my lips.  So good, and so dangerous, that I never remember drinking the last one.

•3/4 oz gin •3/4 oz lime juice •3/4 oz Green Chartreuse •3/4 oz maraschino liqueur

1.Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. 2.Shake well. 3.Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

And if you're looking for something hearty to soak up that drink, don't miss my Nannie's Irish bread recipe from last year.