St. Patrick’s Day. Today is the day that everyone is Irish.
No matter where you are in the world, Irish pubs will be full of people celebrating. Much Guinness will be drunk, many songs will be sung. In Chicago, the river will be died green. In Dublin, Boston and New York, parades will be held with marching bands and leprechauns. From Ulan Bator to Papua New Guinea, everybody will claim to have a little Irish in them – and why not?
Separating the best from the rest
So, with St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, we set out to find a perfect gin-based cocktail to accompany the celebrations and general Irish shenanigans. But it proved much trickier than it first appeared. While most of the “St. Paddy’s Day” cocktails that we found were definitely shades of green, many of them achieved their nuclear glow from additives, food colourings or other dubious ingredients. Then there seemed to be a whole swathe of cocktails that had simply added an Irish name to the title – Leprechaun’s Milk or Finnegan’s Rainbow are two that come to mind.
And finally, there are the real gems (but most of them seem to be based on other traditional Irish spirits such as Whiskey or Bailey’s).
Introducing “The Paddy”
But we wanted a gin-based drink on St. Patrick’s Day – and those proved harder to find. After a long search, we stumbled across a good one – no artificial flavours or colours, no whiskey. Just a lovely, easy to prepare green drink using gin as its dominant spirit.
We think it’s delicious and we’ve named it for my Dad, Paddy – who would have been the first to raise a glass in celebration of his Saint’s Day.
So, without any further ado, let’s introduce you to the “Paddy” – a beautifully green drink that will put you in the mood for a party – Irish style.
A refreshingly light and easy to drink cocktail this little gem combines gin and Midori with a squeeze of lime juice, some chunky cucumber and a mint and apple garnish.
It goes down a treat – and it’s really easy to make. So, here we go:
St. Patrick’s Day cocktail: The Paddy
- 30 ml gin (we recommend Bertha’s Revenge (for a rich, complex flavour base)
- 20 ml Midori melon liqueur
- 15 ml simple syrup
- 15 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 10 ml egg white
- 4 chunks of muddled cucumber
- Mint and apple slice to garnish
- Muddle the cucumber and the gin together
- Pour into a shaker with the rest of the ingredients
- Add a scoop of ice and shake hard
- Strain into a coupe glass
- Garnish with mint and apple slice
Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)
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