Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Many people will be celebrating today with green beer and tasty Bangers & Mash. I’m all about celebrating today. (I’m part Irish you know, kiss me!) Now, bring on the Bangers & Mash, but I’ll leave the unnaturally colored beverages at the bar. Instead, I’ll be mixing up a refreshing, naturally green cocktail and a cocktail with Irish Whiskey to celebrate the day.
In efforts to create a naturally green cocktail I went straight to some of my favorite green herbs, fruits, and vegetables to make my drink. While it isn’t the same green as an artificially colored beverage, it has a much more appealing taste! This is a great Spring cocktail and will also lead right into the hot days of Summer with its refreshing fizz.
Herbs, Gin, & Cucumber Spring Cocktail
A naturally green cocktail with the refreshing taste of thyme, basil, and cucumber.
Rocks glass with Ice
4 Slices of Cucumber (3 for beverage and 1 for garnish)
1 sprig thyme for garnish
1 oz Basil & Thyme Simple Syrup (See recipe below)
½ oz lime juice ( ½ of freshly squeezed lime)
1 ¼ oz Gin
2 oz Sparkling Water (Or Soda Water)
1. Put ice, 3 slices of cucumber, 1 oz of basil & thyme simple syrup, squeeze of lime juice, and the half of the lime into a shaker—Muddle
2. Pour gin into shaker, cover, and shake vigorously
3. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice
4. Pour in sparkling water and garnish with cucumber slice and thyme sprig
How to Make a Basil & Thyme Simple Syrup
1. Put a handful of basil leaves and several sprigs of thyme into a small sauce pan with 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water. 2. Stir the mixture as it heats on medium-low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved (about four minutes) 3. Remove from heat and let it sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour. 4. Once cooled, taste to see mixture as it sits to get your desired herbal flavor. 5. Once you have your desired flavor pour mixture over a sieve— to strain the solid from syrup—into a jar.The mixture can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month.
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?