The Leprechaun’s Green Gold Cocktail is a simple and refreshing Irish Whiskey based cocktail to celebrate with this St Patrick’s Day. With a mere touch of Creme de Menthe to turn your golden-colored whiskey green without overpowering the flavor, you can festively enjoy fine whiskey.
Any Irish Whiskey you choose will be more than suitable for this cocktail. I highly recommend you familiarize yourself on the basics with my other article, Introduction to Irish Whiskey.
For this round of mixology, I opted for Kavanagh Irish Whiskey. A blended whiskey, the notes are sweet and light with vanilla and caramel, which pairs well with the sweetness of creme de menthe. Matured in ex-bourbon barrels, this won the Double Gold Medal in the San Francisco Spirits Competition. This lesser-known brand will set you back a mere $20.
When selecting a Creme de Menthe, you’ll want to choose a brand that isn’t overpowering in sweetness. Creme de menthe is usually derived from Corsican or peppermint which is filtered and sugar is added. I haven’t been able to detect a difference between the two types of mint. I normally use a Blanc creme de menthe, which is clear and doesn’t have any green dye, however, for the sake of celebrating St Patrick’s Day, I chose Vita Divine.
To get the large ice cubes, I use a silicone flexible ice cube tray. If I am feeling particularly fancy, I will quickly run the cubes under water in my hands and quickly shape and smooth before serving. Yes, this has gotten compliments on my nice-looking ice.
Table of Contents
Leprechaun’s Green Gold
- 3 shots Whiskey Irish whiskey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Creme de Menthe
- 1 sprig Mint
- In an old fashioned glass, place 2 large ice cubes
- Pour 3 shots Irish Whiskey
- Gently drizzle 1 1/2 teaspoons Creme de Menthe
- Add sprig of mint for garnish
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