Show off your "Irish pride" with a very unconventional cocktail. The recipe is very easy, blending the minty taste of crème de menthe with the sweet nuttiness of amaretto and a hint of sour from lemon juice. Okay, so there are no actual Irish spirits in this drink, but it does have a green hue, which still gives it a thumbs up for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
This is definitely not your usual combination of flavors and it can take more than a couple of sips to fully appreciate it. Yet, it is an experience and one that many people find enjoyable, especially when looking for a casual, relatively low-proof drink that offers a taste which is anything but ordinary.
- 3 ounces crème de menthe (green)
- 3 ounces amaretto
- 2 ounces lemon juice (fresh)
Gather the ingredients.
Build the ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice.
Serve and enjoy!
- Fresh lemon juice is definitely preferred for this cocktail. Many of the bottled options are sweetened, which will throw off the drink's balance because it already includes two very sweet liqueurs.
- The average lemon will yield about 1 3/4 ounces of juice, which is just shy of what the recipe calls for. Try the drink with that amount and add a little more if you think it needs an extra sour punch.
- You can even plan on garnishing the Irish pride with a lemon wedge so you can squeeze in extra juice as needed while you drink.
- White crème de menthe can be used if you don't have the green liqueur in stock. The taste will remain the same, but the drink's color will be more of a pale brown, colored only by the amaretto and lemon juice.
If you find the Irish pride intriguing but think it needs a little boost, there are a couple of ways you can adjust the recipe.
- Add a shot of vodka or put an actual Irish spirit into the drink with Irish whiskey (Boru and Straw Boys are two great Irish vodkas). You might find it best to use this addition as a replacement for half the crème de menthe, pouring 1 1/2 ounces of each liquor.
- Give the Irish pride some sparkle by adding club soda or a naturally sweetened citrus soda (high fructose corn syrup is too syrupy for this recipe). Less than 1 ounce should be enough to marry the drink's flavors perfectly.
How Strong Is an Irish Pride Cocktail?
The two spirits poured into the Irish pride vary in intensity from one brand to another, so it's tricky to estimate this drink's strength. If, however, you take the average of 50 proof for both, it should weigh in somewhere around 17 percent ABV (34 proof). It's neither the strongest nor the weakest drink you could mix up.