Thursday, March 17, 2016

Lucky Mules


Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Break out the green drinks, food, clothes, etc. and let's celebrate! I've always enjoyed St. Paddy's day. Granted, St. Paddy's day in college and the short time after graduating basically means you drink until you drop. This is not so much the point of the holiday as you get older, but it still holds a special place in my heart.  I may only have one green cocktail and one Thin Mint cupcake, but I'll be toasting my 21-year-old self who loved to come no earlier than dawn with green glitter in my hair and shamrocks painted on my face. Days long gone, but not forgotten. 


I always love to add a little something festive to the agenda on holidays. As for this holiday, while it may never be corned beef and cabbage (thanks hubby!), it can always be a green drink. And so today, I share with you the Lucky Mule


This is a shockingly tasty and refreshing drink. You might not think so looking at the cast of characters, but peeps- you must try these. There's not enough melon liqueur in them to make them stomach-sickeningly sugary, but just enough to make them a little sweet. And thanks to the fresh lime juice, there's also a sour element to the cocktail. 

It's the perfect combination of sweet and sour! 


I bet you wouldn't have guessed that ginger ale pairs well with melon. Or lime. Or...

MINT!


Yep, fresh mint is muddled at the bottom of the shaker. Just enough to give a hint of minty-ness to the cocktail. 


Here's how you make the cocktail:

1. Muddle a handful of fresh mint at the bottom of a shaker.

2. Add vodka, melon liqueur, lime juice, and ice. Note- you do not want to add the ginger ale at this point. Because we all know what happens when you shake-shake carbonated beverages. No. Good.

3. Pour the drinks into tall glasses, top with ginger ale, and garnish with lime wedges and more mint. 

Could it be any easier? Ugh, sorry, the hubby worked late last night and I binged on Friends :-)




There you go my friends. Easy, peasy St. Paddy's day fun!


I'll anxiously be awaiting 5 o'clock so I can shake up one of these bad boys! And, if vodka is not your forte, I've rounded up a few other green beverages that might be fun for today:





The Green Machine (champagne cocktail) by Rachael Ray Magazine





That's it for me today! Have a great holiday, and for the love, somebody eat some corned beef and cabbage for me :-)


Recipe source: David's Cocktails

Ingredients (makes 2):

Handful of mint leaves
ice
3 oz vodka
1.5 oz melon liqueur
2 oz fresh lime juice
4 oz ginger ale
mint, lime wedges (garnish-optional)

Directions:

1. Place mint leaves at the bottom of a shaker. Using a pestle (or some other blunt tool),.  muddle the mint leaves. 
2. Fill shaker with ice.
3. Add vodka, melon liqueur, and lime juice. Shake to combine.
4. Fill 2 tall glasses with ice. Pour drink over ice. Top each glass with 2 oz of ginger ale. Garnish with lime and mint, if using.
5. Serve immediately!



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2 comments:

  1. I really need to get better at cocktails and start trying some of these recipes! There is so much beyond whiskey and soda!

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    1. I too usually stick to one drink. It used to be vodka and pink lemonade, then it was vodka and tonic... I've just lately discovered how fun it is to make drinks for the blog. Plus, they usually turn out so pretty!

      Which reminds me, I really need to get some whiskey cocktail recipes up on the blog! He he :-)

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