Food & Drink

Leprechaun Kiss.

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday filled with a rich history in Irish culture but, let’s be real… it’s also a really great excuse to wear a cute green outfit, rock a shamrock fake tattoo and consume endless green beverages. I promise I won’t judge you for doing any of those things. In fact, I’ll be doing them all this weekend, guilt and shame free!

In what seems like a lifetime ago, I was a bartender for many years and I always loved working St. Patrick’s Day! Sure, I went home with food coloring everywhere and spent the next day soaking it off my skin but it was such a great party every year.

Green beer is a staple, I know this. However, sometimes the urge to set it aside and reach for something sweeter while still keeping the green vibe is overpowering. An apple martini? Not since 2006. Vodka bar lime? Nah. Mojito? Not when there’s still snow on the ground, it seems wrong.

A Leprechaun Kiss… now we’re talking.

I don’t suggest you to around asking for a Leprechaun Kiss this weekend because you may get an unexpected surprise if you do. It’s what I decided to call it one year when creating a St. Patrick’s Day feature drink at the bar I was working at and I’ve stuck with it since then. I highly doubt it’s what this drink is called, if it’s even a thing outside of my group of friends.

At 34 proof, Hpnotiq is a fairly low proof liqueur that tastes like mango and passion fruit, with hints of citrus. Mixed with the ounce of vodka, it magically transforms to about 80 proof, and ends up being a rather strong cocktail, and the fruity flavors don’t entirely disguise that. Did I mention it looks amazing also?

st patty

What are you plans for the weekend? What will you be drinking?

Please remember to drink responsibly and get home safely from wherever you end up!

Make sure to read the whole post for a little surprise throwback photo at the end!

Here is what you will need:

2oz of Hpnotiq

1oz of vodka

1/2oz of orange juice

1/4 of a freshly squeezed lime

Combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker and strain into either a martini glass or a rocks glass.

Just for laughs, here is an old photo of me from 2010 teaching a mixology trick course. Martini waterfalls! 🙂

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