Friday Cocktail Blogging: St Patty’s Day Edition
Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone …I know it’s tomorrow, but advance wishes in case I am too sloshed (also note the temporary image header for the occasion). Unless we go as far back as those days in Africa, I would really be hard pressed to find traces of Irish ancestry in me. But as I said last year, any celebration that involves drinking is good enough for me. Besides, one of my favorite beer is Guinness and I love Celtic music (especially this group), so perhaps that gives me licence to be Irish for a day (or two). Certainly, there could not be a better theme for Friday Cocktail Blogging.
There are numerous ways of indulging in drinking sessions with an Irish theme. You could simply partake some stout Irish pints, or choose a green beer (ie regular beer with green food color, not quite recommended) ; then there is the classic Everybody’s Irish cocktail; or simply add dollops of Bailey’s and/or Irish whiskey to your coffee or hot chocolate. My own recommendation for the day is the following cocktail, which doesn’t really use Irish ingredients, but is green in color! It is a slight variation on what the common people call the apple martini or Appletini (JD’s favorite drink in Scrubs, also Jennifer Aniston‘s character in The Break-Up) . I call it……..
The Original Sin
- 2 parts Vodka
- 0.5 part Brandy
- 1 part Sour Apple Pucker
- Dash of apple juice (optional)
As usual pre-chill the martini glass with ice and soda. Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake well and strain into the pre-chilled glass. For garnishing, try to cut a very thin slice of green apple and float it on top of the drink (you can measure your state of drunkenness by the ease with which you can achieve this) – failing which, simply stick it to the side of the glass or dunk it in the drink.
Variations: You can try adding different amounts of Cointreu and fresh lime juice for a sweet-sour balance (please do not use pre-made sour mixes). Also try adding a drop of Midori for more green color.
In some ways, using Apple Pucker for the green color is a cop-out. I wanted to go more natural to get the color e.g. say by muddling some kiwis and straining to get rid of the seeds and such. Then use the juice in the cocktail above or with cachacas in a variation of caipirinha. Perhaps I will try that later this evening and update.
[UPDATE2]: Yeah – muddling Kiwi works. Make sure to use a ripe, soft Kiwi and strain a bit after muddling (unless you do not mind having small black seeds in your drink. Its green, its its refreshing, its delicious. (Suggestions for naming the drink welcome)
Shake with ice and strain into martini glass – garnish with slice of Kiwi.
Cheers and drink responsibly.
: Do check this variation of the green beer though.
[UPDATE1] see below the fold
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