It’s that time of year again, where EVERYBODY’S IRISH! Love that idea, because mostly that usually just means that everybody gets to get really drunk minus the shame! If you play your cards right, you can even purposefully not wear green and get some butt-pinching action, too. Good luck with getting someone good-looking to pinch you… Well, I guess if your pincher is ugly, just have a few more drinks and the attractiveness part will magically resolve itself. That’s the true luck of the Irish.
Some quick St. Patrick’s Day facts:
- This day is generally celebrated by attending church services, wearing green and lifting the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking. So let’s have some debauchery! And since this is posted on the Friday before, you have a whole day to prepare the damage you can do tonight and tomorrow!
- Saint Patrick is said to have used a shamrock, which is a three-leafed plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to those damn pagan Irish!
- The Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team was originally known as the Toronto St. Patrick’s from 1919 to 1927 and they wore green jerseys.
- Many Irish convicts were carted off to Australia during the 19th century and therefore, St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated in the land Down Under.
So I have compiled 3 of the best looking cocktails from a recent Shape magazine post about Low Calorie St. Patrick’s Day cocktails. And then I’m including one that’s not low-cal ’cause people who can’t gain weight have feelings, too.
3 Low Calorie St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails
Spicy Clover (185 calories, reminds me of my recent post on Chile Peppers)
2 oz. Grey Goose Orange Vodka
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. orange juice
Muddle 1 jalapeno in a mixing glass, then add juices and vodka. Fill mixing glass with ice; shake and serve up in a sugar-rimmed martini glass.
- Minty Peach Martini (130 calories)
1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. agave nectar (love that they used agave instead of sugar!)
8-10 mint leaves
Add ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and shake very well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with mint sprig.
- Green Iced Tea (128 calories)
1 decaf Ginger Lemon tea bag
3 oz. fresh cucumber juice
1 1/2 oz. tequila
Splash of lemon juice
Infuse one tea bag in tequila (um, what? yum) for 30 minutes, then remove bag, squeezing out excess. Combine and stir ingredients. Serve on the rocks. Garnish with lime wedge.
- St Patrick’s Day Cocktail (calorie count = no clue/who cares?)
3/4 oz Irish Whiskey
3/4 oz Green Creme de Menthe
3/4 oz Green Chartreuse (naturally green herbal liqueur; color from chlorophyll ingredient)
1 dash Angostura Bitters (alcoholic beverage flavored with herbal essences giving it a bitter flavor)
Shake well in cocktail shaker with cracked ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day, my friends, to the fullest extent, up to and including the point where you take a cab home instead of driving yourself.