La Poire Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail

Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail

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Prep: 4 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 4 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
306 Calories
3g Fat
44g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 24mg 120%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 401mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When you have a bottle of pear vodka and need a refreshing cocktail to use it in, the sparkling shamrock is an excellent choice. While it was originally designed as a St. Patrick's Day drink, it is fantastic any day of the year. With all its fresh ingredients, it's particularly delightful for spring and summer affairs.

This delicious drink recipe was developed by Grey Goose to feature the brand's La Poire Vodka. It pairs the pear-flavored vodka with fresh cucumber and lemon, as well as the lovely herbal accents of elderflower and mint. You can top it with freshly squeezed lemonade or give it an effervescent touch with club soda. Either way, it mixes up quickly and is a wonderful way to enjoy a lazy afternoon.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices cucumber, divided

  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • 1 1/2 ounce pear vodka

  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur

  • 3 to 5 ounces lemonade, or club soda, to taste

  • Fresh mint sprig, for garnish

  • Lemon twist, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle two cucumber slices with the lemon juice and simple syrup to release all the cucumber's juice.

  3. Add the pear vodka and elderflower liqueur. Fill the shaker with ice.

  4. Shake vigorously and double strain into a highball glass over fresh ice

  5. Top with lemonade or club soda.

  6. Garnish with mint, the remaining cucumber slice, and a lemon twist. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

  • Double straining is essential to capture all the bits of cucumber (especially the seeds) and keep your drink clean. Simply pour the drink through a fine mesh strainer as well as your regular strainer.
  • Fresh lemon juice is definitely recommended to create a better sparkling shamrock. One average-sized lemon should yield as much as 1 3/4 ounces of juice, so you'll have plenty for a few drinks.
  • Cut the lemon zest before juicing the fruit to maximize usage and reduce waste. You can do a straight strip or create a lovely twist. Give the peel a gentle squeeze over the drink to express its essence for a subtle flavor accent.

Recipe Variations

  • Pour equal parts of club soda and lemonade or use a sparkling lemonade.
  • You could also finish the drink off with your favorite sparkling wine. A Champagne rosé would be a fabulous choice, though Prosecco is always a great budget-friendly option.

How Strong Is a Sparkling Shamrock?

Grey Goose bottles their flavored vodkas at a full 80-proof, which is one reason why the flavors are pronounced and perfect for mixing. And yet, the sparkling shamrock is a delightfully mild cocktail. On average, it should mix up in the 10 percent ABV (20 proof) range. That's typical for highball mixed drinks and even lighter than most wines.