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St. Patrick’s Day — a holiday where I can add stout to, well, everything (even pancakes!) and wear an excessive amount of my favorite color. But most importantly, a day where I can say no to green beer and yes to Irish-inspired or just true green cocktails that are in the spirit of the holiday. Plus, let’s be honest, they just taste better.

Bloody Rosemary

Bloody Mary Recipe

It’s not green, but just LOOK at it.

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Kiss Me, I’m Irish

Kiss Me I'm Irish Cocktail Recipe


2 1/2 ounces VOGA Sparkling
1 ounce Midori melon liqueur
1 ounce vodka
1 1/2 ounce lemonade
lemon slice, for garnish


In a shaker, combine ice, vodka, Midori and lemonade. Stir gently and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with VOGA Sparkling. Garnish with lemon slice.

Cucumber Basil Martini

Cucumber Basil Cocktail Recipe

Credit: Cameron Reynolds Photography

Recipe from Coal Fired Bistro & Wine Bar


1 1/2 ounces cucumber-infused Beefeater Gin
1 ounce rock candy simple syrup
1 lime
3 basil leaves
3 slices cucumber


Muddle 2 cucumber slices, 2 basil leaves and simple syrup in a mixing tin. Add ice, gin and juice from 1 lime. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with basil leaf and cucumber slice.

Dizzy Leprechaun

Dizzy Leprechaun Cocktail Recipe


3 ounces Lemon Lime Sparkling ICE
1 ounce tequila
splash of triple sec
fresh-squeezed lime
lime slice, for garnish


Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour into a chilled rocks glass rimmed in salt. Garnish with a lime slice.


5 Responses

  1. DBCoop says:

    Funny thing, Kayla, but your truly green Irish-inspired Happy Hour post reminds me of the story about a dizzy leprechaun at a Dublin pub who had one too many cucumber basil martinis and the tough, no-nonsense barmaid whom all the locals rightfully called, out of ear-shot, Bloody Rosemary.

    The leprechaun, feeling a bit frisky, leaned over the bar counter and with a gleam in his eyes, whispered "Kiss me, I'm Irish."

    Not at all impressed, the barmaid turned to the leprechaun, flashed a toothy grin and said, "If you're Irish, laddie, I'll give ya a few words of advice — never iron a four-leaf clover because you don't want to press your luck."

    Happy St. Patrick's Day, and enjoy the wearin' of the green.

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