Mommy mixologist: Magically delicious cocktails

03/08/2011 3:59 PM

03/08/2011 4:58 PM

If you want to steer clear of the green beer this St. Patrick’s Day, try one of these lucky, charming concoctions. They’re magically delicious.

Lucky Charms martini

2 ounce citrus vodka
1 ounce cranberry juice
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/4 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/4 ounce simple syrup

Add all ingredients to shaker. Fill with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with green sugar. Garnish with Lucky Charms marshmallows.

Mix tip:
This lucky libation is a bit tangy; add a little more simple syrup if you like your drinks on the sweeter side.

Caramel clover

3 ounces Bailey’s Crème Caramel flavored Irish Cream liqueur
1 ounce vodka
1ounce half-and-half
Cream caramel-flavored alcohol-infused whipped cream. (The brand name is Cream, and I found it in the liqueur section.)
Add all ingredients to shaker. Fill with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with whipped cream. I made mine with four squirts to resemble a four-leaf clover. To add festive color, sprinkle the whipped cream with green sugar.

Source: Heather Witherspoon

Paddy’s Cocktail

2 ounces Herradura Silver Tequila
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 inches of cucumber, diced finely
A large pinch of cilantro 

Dice the cucumber and add to shaker, then crush with a muddler. Add a large pinch of cilantro, tequila, lemon juice and simple syrup. Fill with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a disc of cucumber and a cilantro leaf.

Mix tip: All you need to know about this refreshing and light cocktail is that if you like margaritas on the rocks, double the recipe because you will want more than one.

Source: Herradura Tequila

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