The Thrifted Kitchen :: St. Patrick's Day Cocktails
Before I dive into the land of libations, some exciting news! Vendors have been chosen for Spring Fling in the City, and it's looking like this show is going to be awesome! So, if you haven't already, head over to the Vendors page and check out who will be selling their stuff, and don't forget to eye the Edibles page to see what kind of food will be there, and the Music page to listen to the uber-talented musicians who will be performing at the show!
Okay...enough biz. Let's get toasted. ;-)
Yesterday, after a busy, busy day, I was excited to break out my shaker and whip up a couple St. Patrick's Day cocktails for the coming weekend. Both are definitely what some might call "girly" drinks, as they err on the side of sweet (which means the hubs took one sip and politely put it down while trying to keep from making that "bleck" face). So serving them as an after-dinner special might be the best way to go...you know, once everyone is stuff with corned beef and cabbage.
Both also come from one of my favorite vintage thrifted books: Cocktails and Snacks by Robert & Anne London, published in 1953. It's an abundant collection of vintage cocktail recipes, broken down by the type of base alcohol you'll be using, which makes finding recipes much simpler. And then in the back are suggestions for snacks to make for your cocktail party. So, basically, it's a book about how to feed your friends and get them drunk in the process. *Nods with approval*
And these drinks will very probably get someone drunk since the key ingredient in each one is green Chartreuse, which some people call "The Other Green Fairy," as in absinthe's very, very close cousin. Heck, probably even a sibling. The alcohol content is 55% (!!), so, paired with your favorite Irish whiskey, it packs quite a punch.
It's also made only one place in the world: by the Carthusian Monks of La Grande Chartreuse, near Grenoble, France. The label says it's made using 130 alpine herbs, and the secret method of preparing it is shared by only three of the brothers and protected by a vow of silence! I mean, this is serious business...which also means the price is a bit steep. But that's okay...you'll save money in the end because each of your guests will only need one drink. :)
So, without further ado...!
Makes 1 cocktail
1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey
1/2 oz. green creme de menthe
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
3 dashes green Chartreuse
Stir with cracked ice. Strain into cocktail glass.
Sidenote: This is the county in Ireland where my family hails from...holla!
Makes 1 cocktail
3/4 oz. Irish whiskey
3/4 oz. green Chartreuse
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
Shake with cracked ice. Strain into cocktail glass.