Three Green Cocktails

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of this drinking holiday, I have picked out three green cocktails for you to sample if you’re not in the mood for beer:

The Grasshopper
This classic cocktail is minty and creamy and very green.

    1 oz Crème de menthe (green)
    1 oz Crème de cacao (white)
    1 oz Fresh cream

In a shaker filled with ice cubes, combine the Crème de menthe, creme de cacao, and fresh cream. Shake well for about 6-8 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Emerald City Cocktail
I haven’t tried this one, but it looks good, if a little complicated.

    2/3 c sugar
    1 oz fresh Thai basil leaves
    2 oz gin
    Juice of half a lime, plus 1 slice for garnish

1. Make the Thai basil simple syrup: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the sugar and two-thirds cup water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add one cup of ice to the syrup and set aside to cool.
2. Place the Thai basil leaves in a small bowl. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then remove from the heat and add the basil leaves. Strain the leaves from the water and add them to the simple syrup. In a blender, thoroughly purée the strained leaves with the simple syrup. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. Makes 1 cup.

3. Make the cocktail: In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the gin, Thai basil syrup and lime juice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of fresh lime floating on top of the drink.

Herb Cocktail
That picture is a Cinantro Cooler, but it occurs to me that you can use one of several different herbs in this drink, like basil or mint or lemon verbena.

    Juice from 1/2 freshly squeezed lime
    8 leaves of the herb of your choice
    2 sugar cubes
    1 1/2 ounces Martin Miller’s gin


Muddle the lime juice, herb leaves and sugar cubes in a tall glass. Add ice. Pour in gin. Garnish with a sprig of the herb and a lime wedge.

I would add that you can pour a little club soda into this drink to make it even more refreshing…although a little less green.

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