Think Spring Drinks

Mix up tasty tipples from St. Patrick’s Day through the big melt to welcome spring

 

Photo of a green vodka mixed drink
The Lucky Leprechaun mixes it up with apple and ginger flavors

Smirnoff

This time of year, it seems everyone is a wee bit Irish. And whether you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all month long or want to raise a glass to green for spring, mixing up different cocktails is always a fun endeavor. Here I highlight a quick and easy drink made with Smirnoff Ice Green Apple—plus how to make some spiked ice cubes with it that can chill your drinks without diluting them. If gin is more to your liking, I’ve got you covered there in addition to a twist on the Shandy. Cheers!

Lucky Leprechaun

Makes 4 • Recipe courtesy of Smirnoff

4 ounces Smirnoff Ice Green Apple
4 ounces Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
4 ounces Ginger Ale

In a cocktail shaker, add ice, Smirnoff Ice Green Apple, and Smirnoff No. 21. Shake and strain into a martini glass and top with ginger ale.

SMICE Cubes

Add festive ice cubes to your favorite cocktail.

1 bottle of Smirnoff Ice Green Apple
4 ounces of water
green food coloring (optional)

Combine Smirnoff Ice and water in a glass. Stir in one to two drops of green food coloring, if desired. Pour into shamrock shaped or other ice tray and freeze.

Green in The Afternoon

Makes 1 • Recipe courtesy St-Germain

0.5 oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur
0.25 oz limoncello
2 dashes of absinthe
pinch of matcha power
Champagne or other sparkling wine, to top

Add ingredients to a champagne glass, top up with champagne or sparkling wine and stir gently.

Pot’o Gold

Makes 1 • Recipe courtesy Bombay Sapphire

1 part Bombay Sapphire Gin
0.5 part limoncello
1 heaped barspoon of lemon curd
mint sprig, for garnish

Place ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and then pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Shamrock Shandy

Makes 1 • Courtesy of Bombay Sapphire

1 part Bombay Sapphire Gin
0.75 part lemon juice, freshly squeezed and filtered
0.5 part simple syrup
1 bottle Belgian-style wheat beer
orange wheel, for garnish

Combine ingredients in shaker, and strain into a glass of beer. Stir gently to combine and garnish with orange wheel.

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Mary Subialka
Mary Subialka is the editor of Real Food and Drinks magazines, covering the flavorful world of food, wine and spirits. She rarely meets a chicken she doesn’t like, and hopes that her school-age son, who used to eat beets and Indian food, will one day again think of real food as more than a means to a treat—and later share this with his younger brother.