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When celebrating St. Patty’s Day, everyone knows the drink of choice is Irish green ale. But if you want to go against the grain this year, here are a few nontraditional CP picks for you.

Westside Manhattan
From: The Spirits of Ireland, by Ray Foley

The main ingredient of this drink is Irish, but the name and attitude…all New York.


2 ounces Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey
A splash of sweet vermouth
2-4 drops Angostura bitters


Mix in rocks glass with ice.

SKYY Shamrock Smoothie
From: SKYY Spirits


Yes, this is a margarita. And yes, St. Patrick’s Day is supposed to celebrate Irish, not Spanish, culture, but we did say “nontraditional.”


2 ounces SKYY Melon
1/2 ounce triple sec
A splash of orange curaà§ao
Juice of 2 limes


Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes. Shake until frothy. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. You can also blend this cocktail with 3/4 cup ice in a blender and serve and/or rim the glass with salt.

Green Punch


This non-alcoholic drink is perfect for the family celebration.


2 (3 oz.) packages lime flavored gelatin mix
1 quart hot water
1 (46 fl. oz.) can pineapple juice
2 (12 fl. oz.) cans frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 cups white sugar
4 1/2 cups cold water
2 liters ginger ale


In a large saucepan dissolve the gelatin in one quart of hot water. Allow to cool. When gelatin is cool, pour into a large punch bowl. Stir in pineapple juice, orange juice concentrate, sugar and four 1/2 cups of cold water. Pour in ginger ale just before serving.

Originally published March 2008

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