Although I’m not really big on St Patrick’s Day – Irish dancing, green beer and Guinness hats aren’t really my thing – I do love an excuse to make fancy cocktail recipes, especially holiday-themed ones! And since St Patrick’s Day has become more about drinking alcohol and talking about relatives from generations ago who were 1/4 Irish than anything to do with St Patrick, what better way to celebrate the holiday than with a sparkling themed drink?
In case you didn’t know, there is already a St Patrick’s Day drink recipe out there called a Sparkling Shamrock, but since it contained mostly ingredients I don’t really like, I decided to switch it up a bit (as always) and ended up making my own version. Wonderfully sweet, fruity, floral and fizzy, this St Patrick’s Day drink recipe is leaps and bounds ahead of green beer!
Like all my favourite drinks recipes, this cocktail is super-easy to make. Put all the ingredients into a glass, stir and – if you’re feeling fancy – add a slice of lime, cucumber or something else green to the side of the glass before serving. Because really, who wants to be following complex, multiple-step cocktail instructions on a holiday when everyone else around you is having fun and getting drunk?
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Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail
- 1 1/2 oz vodka
- 2 oz lemon-lime soda like Sprite or 7Up
- 1 oz apple juice
- dash fresh lime juice
- dash Monin elderflower syrup
- slice optional: 1 of cucumber or lime for decoration
- Place all the ingredients - except the cucumber or lime slice - into a small glass and stir.
- Decorate the glass with a slice of cucumber or lime and serve.